BUSCH: Daytona II: Robby Gordon preview

Huntersville, NC (June 28, 2004) - Very few drivers and teams look forward to restrictor plate racing, but Robby Gordon might be the exception. Gordon's Busch team made its debut in February at Daytona International Speedway and the driver of...

Huntersville, NC (June 28, 2004) - Very few drivers and teams look forward to restrictor plate racing, but Robby Gordon might be the exception.

Gordon's Busch team made its debut in February at Daytona International Speedway and the driver of the No. 55 Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet nearly pulled off a win. He ran in the lead draft for the entire race and was in position to score the win in the closing laps. Gordon finished third, an outstanding effort for a team that didn't have much more than an echo in its shop only a few months before taking the green flag at Daytona.

So while most teams dread the long inspection lines and steamy weather conditions that will be a fact of life at Daytona, Gordon and his team are eager to make the trip to central Florida for the Winn Dixie 250 NASCAR Busch Series race. He will use the same Chevrolet Monte Carlo that he piloted in February, only this time Gordon and his Crew Chief, Bob Temple, hope the car will carry him two spots better than where he finished five months earlier.

"We are bringing the same car that we used at Daytona earlier this season," Temple said. "We know we have a good car so we will mainly focus on the race set-up for Friday since we can't work on the car after qualifying. Since this is a night race, we are also going to set the car up for a tighter race track and hopefully do even better than we did the first time."

"Our first time at Daytona was also our first race ever together as a team," Gordon said. We have really come together this season and we all share the same "win races" attitude. The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team has come a long way since then but we still haven't been to Victory Lane yet. We have had really good cars this season and great engines that we get from Richard Childress Racing. We are going to have to make some changes to our race set-up for Friday's night race, but I think we have a pretty good handle on things and we should do well. We are ready for Friday and it is safe to say that we will head to Daytona hoping to win our first race of the season."

PIT NOTES

- NASCAR has changed the rules this time. Teams will have two practice sessions followed by qualifying. However, teams will qualify with race set-ups because NASCAR will immediately impound the race cars until the race on Friday night.

- Gordon missed last weekends Alan Kulwicki 250 at Milwaukee to focus on defending his title at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma Calif. However, Gordon was plagued with tire problems and finished the race 34th.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robby Gordon , Bob Temple , Alan Kulwicki
Teams Richard Childress Racing