Punctured Tire Ends Gordon's Chance of Winning at Nashville Huntersville, NC (June 14, 2004) - Robby Gordon survived a loose handling race car and a nearly three-hour rain delay to finish 14th in the Federated Auto Parts 300 Saturday night at...
Punctured Tire Ends Gordon's Chance of Winning at Nashville
Huntersville, NC (June 14, 2004) - Robby Gordon survived a loose handling race car and a nearly three-hour rain delay to finish 14th in the Federated Auto Parts 300 Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway.
Starting at the back of the field, because Brandon Miller qualified the car, proved not to be a problem for Robby Gordon. With a great set-up and Richard Childress Racing horsepower, his Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet quickly moved through the field to the 17th spot by the time the first caution waved at Lap 17.
Running a bit tight out of the corners, Gordon came in for his first pit stop during the second caution of the day at Lap 59 and the crew made air pressure and trackbar adjustments. Running 13th at the restart, Gordon was again at a pace equal to that of the race leaders.
With lightening strikes in the distance, Gordon had managed to get the Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet into the seventh position by Lap 82 when the race was red-flagged due to bad weather conditions.
Two hours and 48 minutes later and still a little wet, the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team prepared for the restart with their second pit stop of the day at Lap 99 still under yellow flag conditions. After taking on four tires and a making chassis adjustment, Gordon restarted the race 18th at Lap 103.
By Lap 165 Gordon had regained his seventh place spot in the field when he reported his car to be extremely loose.
"It's like I lost air pressure," Gordon said.
Unfortunately the loose conditions were due to a punctured left rear tire that finally shredded on Lap 197. Entering pit row under the green flag, Gordon took on four tires and fuel.
Three laps down and running 17th, Gordon's Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet was one of the fastest cars on the track. However, with only 28 laps to go, there was not enough time left for Gordon to fully recover from the punctured tire resulting in a 14th-place finish.
"We easily had the fastest car at the end of the race," Gordon said. "That tire was going down for about 20 laps before it finally popped. It's a lot easier to accept when you run well like that. I think we will probably bring this same car to Kentucky next weekend, so, hopefully we will put it in Victory Lane."
- Gordon will race next weekend at Kentucky, Fruit of the Loom's home state. The company is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- Gordon is 13th in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings. In 13 starts, he has accumulated 1,678 points and is 601 behind leader Martin Truex Jr.