Gordon Stays Fifth in The Points Despite Rough Weekend Huntersville, NC (May 17, 2004) -- Despite a rough and tumble night at the .75-mile speedway, the driver of the Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet did not lose much ground in the race for the...
Gordon Stays Fifth in The Points Despite Rough Weekend
Huntersville, NC (May 17, 2004) -- Despite a rough and tumble night at the .75-mile speedway, the driver of the Fruit of the Loom Chevrolet did not lose much ground in the race for the NASCAR Busch Series Championship. Gordon enters the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 at Nazareth Speedway fifth in the point standings, 148 behind leader Kyle Busch.
"It wasn't our best race," Gordon said. Even though we battled with the racecar for most of the race, we didn't lose our fifth spot in the point standings. Hopefully, we can learn from this and do better next week at Nazareth."
Gordon started 10th in the Funai 250 but fought a tight handling racecar for much of the race. He appeared to catch a break and unlap himself when the third caution of the day waved on lap 172 giving Gordon the Lucky Dog and allowing another opportunity to pit and make adjustments. Leaving pit road, it was decided that the adjustments were not enough and Gordon re-entered pit road again.J
The Fruit of the Loom Racing Team knew time was critical as Gordon had to be in front of the pace car by Turn 3, before the green flag fell in order to get his lap back and avoid a penalty. Trying his best to catch the lead car after exiting pit row, it was determined by NASCAR officials that Gordon had not in fact caught the pace car and was therefore assessed a pass through penalty, losing his Luck Dog status.
Debate between NASCAR officials and the Fruit of the Loom Racing Team quickly ensued as Crew Chief Bob Temple tried to plead his case and get the decision overturned. NASCAR stood by their decision and the penalty remained.
By Lap 218, it was all Gordon could do to keep the racecar on the track.
Managing to keep the car under the best control that he could, Gordon stayed the course and finished 19th in the Funai 250.
- Gordon qualified 18th this weekend for the Indianapolis 500 in his Meijer/Coca-Cola Chevrolet.
- Continuing his quest for the NASCAR Busch series Championship, Gordon will compete in the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 at 12:30 p.m. Saturday May 22 at Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.
- Gordon's schedule will also include the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway May 22 at 7:30 just seven hours after the start of the NASCAR Busch race at Nazareth Speedway 570 miles away.