Pit Stop Under Green Pays Off For The Fruit Of The Loom Racing Team Huntersville, NC (May 3, 2004) -- Robby Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team have proven one thing this season - they're not afraid to gamble. After wrestling an ...
Pit Stop Under Green Pays Off For The Fruit Of The Loom Racing Team
Huntersville, NC (May 3, 2004) -- Robby Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team have proven one thing this season - they're not afraid to gamble.
After wrestling an ill-handling Chevrolet for much of Saturday's Stater Bros 300 at California Speedway, Gordon and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team decided to roll the dice and make their final pit stop of the day under green. Gordon rolled down pit road on lap 122 and received four tires, a much needed chassis adjustment, and a full tank of fuel.
Crossing their fingers, the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team watched Gordon exit pit row, one lap down, and in the 24th spot.
The risk paid off. Armed with four fresh tires and plenty of racing fuel, Gordon began to battle back and move through the field. Regaining his lost lap, Gordon was able to post a respectable 12th place finish as several of his competitors were forced to pit for fuel in the closing laps of the race. Gordon agreed with his team's green flag gamble late in the race.
"We finally made a risky call that paid off," Gordon said. "We came in for the pit stop running 16th and we were able to finish 12th, it was really big."
- The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team will race in the Charter 250 next weekend at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. This will be the second stand-alone race of the season for the NASCAR Busch Series.
- This month Gordon will again complete the Double Duty, racing in both the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Coca Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
- Gordon remains fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series point race, 90 behind leader Michael Waltrip.