Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Samsung/Radio Shack
500/March 30, 2003
Texas Motor Speedway
Robby Gordon’s NASCAR Winston Cup Performance History
at Texas Motor Speedway
TOTALS: Avg. Start: 29
Avg. Finish: 37.5 Laps: 410/668 Money: $123,536
NASCAR Winston Cup Points Position: 20th
- This Week’s Race Car (chassis No. 90) was last run at Atlanta
this year. Gordon also raced this car at Homestead and to an
eighth-place finish in the 2002 Brickyard 400. Kevin Harvick
raced it in last season’s The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600.
- Jason Fowler, rear-tire carrier for the No.
31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet, is recovering from a left index
finger injury suffered during a pit stop Sunday at Bristol. Fowler
sustained a torn nerve, torn tendons and a chipped bone in his
left index finger while working on torn sheet metal during a pit
stop. Doctors at the Bristol Regional Medical Center repaired
the severed nerve and tendons and removed the bone chip Sunday
night and released Fowler. Fowler is expected to carry tires
Sunday at Texas.
- Gordon is scheduled to sign autographs Saturday,
March 29 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the Chevy Thunder Days FanFest
at Sundance Square in Fort Worth
- Gordon’s teammate Kevin Harvick tested
at Texas Motor Speedway March 18 and 19
- The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 will be broadcast
live on FOX and PRN on Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m. EST. Qualifying
is scheduled for Friday, March 28 at 4:05 p.m. EST.
“Last time we raced at Texas was disappointing
for the Cingular team. Texas wasn’t too kind to us. We had
a really fast car in practice but then we went for it in qualifying
and shortened up the rear end of the car a bit with a little help
from the wall. Then we blew the right-front tire in the race and
put that car in the wall, also. It was a disappointing weekend
but I think we’ll be pretty good this year when we roll back
out. My teammate Kevin Harvick tested at Texas last week and I’m
looking forward to going back there and putting some of that information
to use. We’ll also probably use some information we gained
at Atlanta and Las Vegas this year.
“I’ve only raced at Texas twice but
you learn quickly what a fast track it is. It’s considered
an intermediate track but it’s almost like a superspeedway.
Texas is definitely one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Going
into turn one at Texas Motor Speedway is an extremely fast, few
seconds. We’re off the throttle a little more at Texas than
at Las Vegas because it’s a faster track.
“Coming down the long back straightaway,
the track opens up in turn four but for some reason the wall doesn’t
let you open up like you do at Vegas. It makes you keep turning
the car down so you can get farther around the corner before the
track opens up. The corners at Texas are pretty narrow and the
straightaways fairly long so it’s an engine-killer of a track.
Fortunately, we haven’t had any problems with motors yet this
year and I’m confident our engine department has everything
under control. We’ve just to take care of the motor and not
run it into the ground in practice.
“Having a balanced car at Texas is the key
to a good race day. The Cingular Wireless Chevrolet has to be good
and handle well when the throttle is wide-open. When the car is
off-balance, it puts more load on the tires and we all know how
hard you can hit the wall at Texas — like I did twice last year.
The tires also take a beating at Texas because the corners are so