BUSCH: Robby Gordon to miss Nazareth, Charlotte

Robby Gordon to Miss Nazareth and Charlotte NASCAR Busch Series Races HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2004) - Robby Gordon, who is in the midst of a grueling schedule of races that include several NASCAR Cup Series races as well as the famed...

Robby Gordon to Miss Nazareth and Charlotte NASCAR Busch Series Races

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2004) - Robby Gordon, who is in the midst of a grueling schedule of races that include several NASCAR Cup Series races as well as the famed Indianapolis 500, will not attempt to make NASCAR Busch Series starts at Nazareth Speedway or Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Given the complexity of his schedule, as well as his continuing commitment to his NASCAR Cup Series, Indy 500 and NASCAR Busch Series sponsors, Gordon has chosen to channel all of his energy toward his original objectives. Those include being within the top 10 in NASCAR Cup Series points by Sept. 11 thus making a run at the Series championship, winning the Indianapolis 500 and running a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series.

The reduced May schedule will allow Gordon to practice several additional days at Indianapolis, as well as attend several Meijer store appearances in the Indianapolis market. Gordon will practice at Indianapolis Wednesday and Thursday as well as Saturday prior to the start of the NASCAR All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The reduced schedule does not alter his NASCAR Cup Series schedule in any way, as he was not intending to miss any practice or qualifying sessions at either Charlotte race.

"We didn't qualify where we wanted to at Indy, but I have complete faith in my guys that by race time we'll have one of the cars to beat. They're doing everything we ask of them, and now as the driver, I need to run as many laps as possible in order to have a great car for the race. We've got a good shot a making history by winning both races, and that's the goal. We had the schedule worked out to do it all, but by taking two races off the schedule I think we'll be better prepared for Indy and Charlotte."

After 11 starts, Gordon is fifth in points with four top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes.

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