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2/15/2001 – Gordon loses motor in Twin 125

 

Daytona Twin 125 – 2/15/01

Starting Position – 10th

Finishing Position – 23rd

The Twin 125’s started innocently enough for Robby Gordon from the 10th position. He played a patient game early, sticking with the high line and resisting the urge to step out and make moves. At that point the high line and low line hadn’t really played themselves out. But as the race progressed past the halfway point, Gordon showed his colors and let the field know that his Kodak Chevy was a contender. He ran as high as 3rd with only ten laps to go following a fantastic charge to the front after a restart.

Gordon looked to be in exactly the right position for the stretch run drafting behind Dale Earnhardt and Steve Park. On lap 47, however, Gordon began to slow. A puff of white smoke had exploded from underneath his car, and with that smoke was the end of Gordon’s race, his engine expired.

Despite Gordon’s 23rd-place finish, his time in qualifying was good enough to gain a starting spot in the Daytona 500 Sunday. Gordon will start 41st.

Robby Gordon quote:

"What can you say? We had a good race going there until the end," said a dejected Gordon. "The car was great and it could have won. When I was behind (Jeff) Gordon towards the end I thought I was going to win – or at least be right there coming to the last few laps. Everything was coming together from a strategy point. That’s racing though, hopefully we don’t experience the same thing Sunday. The guys did a great job in the pits. Each time we pitted I came out ahead of cars. Aside from the engine, I think we had a pretty good showing. At least we know now that our car is capable of running up front."

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