Robby Gordon ...
Robby Gordon #13 Menards Ford Taurus
Team Gordon Dura-Lube/K-Mart 400 Race Notes/Quotes Sunday, February 27, 2000 Round 2 of 34 in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series North Carolina Motor Speedway - Rockingham, NC
Qualifying position - 25th Finishing position - 38th Points in race - 49 Points to date/season - 158 Season standing - 25th
Just one of those days for Robby Gordon and Team Gordon. Gordon finished 38th in an adventurous afternoon under constantly threatening skies in Rockingham, North Carolina. A spin early in the race on lap 16, in turn three, put Gordon a lap down damaging the rear of his Ford Taurus. The damage to the right rear quarter panel was extensive, but he was able to continue with minimal effect to the car's handling. 100 laps into the scheduled 393, Gordon lost a power-steering pulley, forcing him to drive the next 93 laps without any steering assistance. Ironically, Gordon did some of his best driving during that span, consistently running times with the leaders. The pulley was eventually replaced, costing Gordon five laps under a caution period. From that point on, Gordon drove a race for experience, working on picking up as many points and pointers as he could for the next visit to Rockingham and tracks similar in layout.
ROBBY GORDON "Surprisingly, we made it through this race and that's something considering we spun and spent time in the pits. We knew Rockingham would be tough for us, maybe not this tough though. I spun in three early, just got on the brakes too much because the car in front checked up a little. Once I was in the brakes I got loose and it came around, unfortunately bringing Kenny (Irwin) into it. The car wasn't too bad after the incident. We had damage, but I didn't notice much when I got back on the track. The biggest problem of the day came when the power steering went away. I guess we lost a pulley. Basically we kept running until we could change it out under a yellow. It was a handful to drive in the corners, but as I look back, the car was really working well at that point. Later in the race, the track changed and the car started to push badly. We made some changes, but they didn't help. By the end it was so tight I was just fighting everywhere."
"All in all, we came here and made the race, ran all day except for the mishaps, and gained a lot of knowledge for the next time. Both in setup and in the driver's seat. Fortunately, the car's not too bad, we'll be able to patch it up for Vegas and not miss a beat."
MIKE HELD (Co-owner) "This place is one of those tracks where experience plays a big role. I realize 38th isn't the top of the world, but we're in this right now to be as good as we possibly can, with our eyes on improving. To come to Rockingham, qualify in the top-25 and race all day isn't too bad. We need the experience at these types of tracks, especially those where we haven't tested - like this one. I thought Robby did a great job, he got frustrated a few times out there, especially driving without power steering as long as he did, but he kept at it. That'll come back to us some day."