BUSCH: Dover II: Robby Gordon race report

Wild Weekend at The Monster Mile for Gordon, Scott Shop Towels Racing Veteran making first Brewco start an exciting one Dover, DE (September 22, 2007) ... If excitement is your game, then watching Robby Gordon and the ...

Wild Weekend at The Monster Mile for Gordon, Scott Shop Towels Racing
Veteran making first Brewco start an exciting one

Dover, DE (September 22, 2007) ... If excitement is your game, then watching Robby Gordon and the #27 Scott Shop Towels Racing Team in the RoadLoans.com 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday afternoon gave you all you could want. Gordon, driving his first race for Brewco Motorsports this season in the #27 Scott Shop Towels / Rite Aid Ford Fusion, had a very eventful afternoon in route to a 31st-place finish.

After posting practice speeds of 11th and 6th in the two Friday sessions, Gordon was the seventh driver to make his qualifying run on Saturday at noon. His fast lap of 24.001 seconds / 149.994 mph would earn him the 24th starting position in the 43-car field. However, Gordon would miss the NASCAR drivers meeting and would be forced to start in the rear of the field. With several other cars having to drop back as well, Gordon actually started the 200-mile event in the 38th-position.

It didn't take long for Gordon to show that his Scott Shop Towels / Rite Aid Ford Fusion would be very competitive as he quickly began his march through the field. After the second early-race caution on lap 12, Gordon was running 20th. Ten laps later, the veteran Gordon moved into 10th and reported to Crew Chief Newt Moore that his car was "really hooked-up good". Gordon would maintain his 10th-place position until he made his first pit stop of the race on lap 41 under caution. With several cars not pitting, Gordon would restart 16th on lap 54.

Two laps after the restart, Gordon and the #33 car of Tony Raines made contact on the frontstetch. The 33 car crashed hard into the turn one wall, and Raines took out his frustration on his helmet. As the cars were riding around under caution, Raines walked out on the track and threw his helmet at the Scott Shop Towels Ford Fusion and Gordon. The helmet glanced off the front of the car.

Restarting 12th, Gordon quickly moved back inside the top ten on lap 67. On lap 80, Gordon moved into eighth. However, on lap 93, Gordon spun entering turn two and made contact with the inside retaining wall. He was able to drive his wounded Scott Shop Towels Ford Fusion to the garage where Crew Chief Newt Moore and the crew began surveying the damage. With extensive front and rear damage, the crew methodically went to work making repairs. Fortunately, no major damage was done to any suspension parts and the majority of the repairs were made to sheet metal and several fender braces. Unbelievably, Gordon returned to the race on lap 126 in the 33rd position, 34 laps down.

After several laps on the track, Gordon radioed to Moore that his Scott Shop Towels / Rite Aid Ford was "just as good as it was before the accident". And, his lap times proved that statement. Racing with the same competitive drive that he used earlier in the race, Gordon gained two positions before the end of the race to post a hard-earned 31st-place finish.

"This was certainly an eventful day," Gordon stated after the race. "Newt (Crew Chief Moore) and the Scott Shop Towels team prepared a very strong car for this race. I apologize for missing the drivers meeting and putting us in a hole to start. However, with the car they gave me, I could race my way through the field. This car was the most comfortable car that I have driven in a long time entering the corners. I could really make up ground in the corners and had a strong car all day. The car got a little tight, but the adjustments made by the crew helped that issue."

"I clipped the 33 early in the race as we raced off turn four," Gordon added. "He got under me and I was going to drop down and follow him around slower cars so that I wouldn't lose more positions. I just clipped him as I dropped down. Later, it just got away in two (turn two). We definitely had a top five car here today, but this place (Dover) can bite you when you least expect it. I really appreciate the hard work and competitive car that Newt and the team gave me to drive. I just hate that our afternoon didn't produce the results that they deserve."

"Robby did an outstanding job driving from the rear of the field up to eighth," Crew Chief Newt Moore added. "He certainly showed what a strong car we had, and I have no doubt that we had a top five car. It was probably the most exciting 31st-place finish I've ever been involved with.'

The Scott Shop Towels Racing Team travels to Kansas Speedway for the Yellow Transportation 300 next Saturday. Practice begins on Friday, September 29th with qualifying set for 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. The 200-lap, 300-mile race is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET start with ESPN2 and MRN providing the television and radio coverage. Casey Atwood is scheduled to drive the #27 VIVA / Breast Cancer Research Foundation Ford Fusion.

-credit: brewco

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Drivers Robby Gordon , Casey Atwood , Tony Raines