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3/10/2001 – Troubles Continue for Gordon and #4 in Qualifying at Atlanta

3/9/01

Atlanta Motor Speedway – 1.540 mile oval

Starting position – 41st

Lap Time – 29.458 seconds

Avg. Speed – 188.200mph

The woes continue for Robby Gordon and Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Gordon’s qualifying time Friday of 29.458 seconds was 39th-best of the 46 cars attempting to qualify. As a result, Gordon will start Sunday’s Cracker Barrel 500 from Atlanta using a provisional and from the 41st position.

In morning practice, Gordon had a fast lap of 29.406 seconds, a tick faster than that of his qualifying time. His car was visibly loose coming off the corners, especially in turn four where the Kodak Chevrolet twitched and danced as it tried to exit for the dash to start/finish.

The good news for Gordon is that he will have the opportunity to race Sunday despite the poor qualifying. The team will also have today’s newly extended happy hour format of one and a half hours to work on making the car better in the long haul. Happy 90, as we’ll now call it, begins at 10:30am (est).

Robby Gordon –

"Not sure what to say, I just can’t get any power down," said a frustrated Gordon following his qualifying run. "I get so loose coming off the turns that I just can’t let this car do what it can really do on the straights. The qualifying laps felt pretty much the same as practice. We need to sort something out there for the race if we’re going to be in the game Sunday."

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