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Harrah’s NBS CarQuest Auto Parts 300 Race Preview

Robby Gordon

No. 7 Harrah’s Chevrolet

Race Preview Fact Sheet

Event/Date: Carquest Auto Parts 300 – May 27, 2006

Venue: Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, North Carolina

TV/Radio: FX Television, 7:30 p.m. EDT, PRN Radio, 7:15 p.m. EDT

Robby Gordon’s Quotes on Charlotte

“We are looking forward to running our first NASCAR Busch Series race of the year this weekend here in Charlotte,” Gordon said. “We ran the fall race here last year and had a great car and a top-five run until we blew a tire. The tires will most definitely be the issue here again. With the new surface and the hard-compound tire that Goodyear brought, looking after your equipment will be key.”

“I’m looking to not only to put on a great show for Harrah’s and our other sponsors, but to also get a better idea of what to expect for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600. The competition is pretty stiff these days in the Busch Series though. With great drivers from the Cup series in the field every week, it won’t be much different than the Cup race on Sunday.”

“Overall though, with the improvements we’ve made in our intermediate program and great horsepower under the hood from Menards for this race, the No. 7 Harrah’s Chevrolet should be a contender again for the win.”

Harrah’s Fast Facts:

  • No Place Like Home – This will mark the 3rd appearance for Harrah’s on the hood of the No. 7 Chevy and the first time this season in the Busch series. Founded in 1937, Las Vegas-based Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. is the world’s premier provider of branded casino entertainment and owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names. Harrah’s Entertainment is a prime national corporate sponsor of the Meals On Wheels Association of America’s “March For Meals” campaign, a nationwide initiative to end senior hunger and has committed at least $1 million of support over three years to Meals On Wheels programs. Menards, Jim Beam and CarLoan.com will serve as associates.
  • Chassis – Chassis No. 03 will make its first return to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend since last year’s fall Busch race.
  • Autograph Appearances – Gordon will visit and sign for fans on Saturday, May 27th from 3:15-4 p.m. and also on Sunday, May 28th from 1:50-2:30 p.m.
  • Charlotte NBS NotesCharlotte is one of seven tracks that have hosted NASCAR Busch Series races since the series’ 1982 inception. The 2006 season is the series’ 25th anniversary and also the 25th anniversary of its association with series sponsor Anheuser-Busch. Saturday night’s CarQuest 300 is the 13th of 35 series events. The NASCAR Busch Series’ first race at LMS in 1982 also was the 13th event that season.

Robby Gordon Charlotte Statistics

Date

Start

Finish

Laps/Total Laps

Laps Led

Money

Status

Nextel Cup

05/20/06

14

9

30

0

$32,059

Running

10/15/05

23

32

278

0

$64,375

Engine

05/29/05

25

27

393

0

$81,800

Accident

10/16/04

19

18

332

0

$93,137

Running

05/30/04

20

20

397

0

$112,487

Running

05/22/04

21

21

10

0

$70,800

Accident

10/11/03

15

38

293

0

$70,162

Running

05/25/03

38

17

275

0

$104,087

Running

05/17/03

14

14

26

0

$30,188

Accident

10/13/02

19

38

227

0

$65,136

Accident

05/26/02

12

16

399

0

$93,331

Running

05/18/02

16

7

90

0

$44,500

Running

10/8/00

25

38

184

0

$22,090

Accident

5/25/97

28

41

186

0

$25,400

Accident

5/17/97

10

28

27

0

$1,700

Clutch

10/6/96

13

38

206

0

$4,800

Accident

Average/Total

19.6

25.9

3,353

0

$916,052

Busch Series

10/14/05

20

31

168

0

$13,640

Accident

10/15/04

2

29

179

4

$13,135

Tires

10/6/01

13

23

198

0

$12,325

Running

Average/Total

11.7

27.7

545

4

$39,100

Robby Gordon Cumulative NASCAR Series Statistics

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Winnings

211

3

12

30

1

$16,874,925


No. 7 Jim Beam Black Chevrolet Team Roster

Owner/Driver: Robby Gordon – Orange, Calif.

Crew Chief: Greg ErwinHatboro, Pa.

Name

Crew Position

Hometown

Frank Kerr

Car Chief

Bensalem, Pa.

Gus Hinton

Front Tire Changer

Montgomery, Ala.

Ray Holm

Rear Tire Changer

Danbury, Conn.

Darren Jolly

Front Tire Carrier

Taylorsville, N.C.

Aaron Pieratt

Rear Tire Carrier

Lexington, Ky.

Scott Honan

Jack Man

Kent, Conn.

Rick Coulson

Gas Man

Wiesbaden, Germany

John Slusher

Catch Can

Hamlet, Ind.

Mark Zakalowski

Shock Specialist

Detroit, Mich.

Glen Wheeler