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Event Preview Fact Sheet

Event/Date: MBNA America 400/Sept. 21, 2003

Venue: Dover (Del.) International Speedway

Robby Gordon’s NASCAR Winston Cup Performance History at Dover International Speedway

Date

Start

Finish

Laps Completed/ Total Laps

Status

Money

06/01/03

38

9

400/400

Running

$99,747

09/22/02

28

17

398/400

Running

78,346

06/02/02

12

8

400/400

Running

89,121

09/21/97

35

33

389/400

Running

20,555

TOTALS:

Avg. Start: 28.25

Avg. Finish: 16.75

Laps: 1,587/1,600

Money: $287,769

NASCAR Winston Cup Points Position: 12th (up from 13th)

NOTES:

· This Week’s Race Car (chassis No. 116) was run in August at Bristol Motor Speedway and in April at California Speedway

· Gordon led three laps in the June race at Dover en route to scoring a top-10 finish

· Gordon is scheduled to sign autographs at a Cingular Wireless store in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. The address is 1451 Woodruff Road, Greenville, S.C., 29607.

· Gordon will sign autographs from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Dover Air Force Base. This is a closed session for the military and civilian base personnel, their family members and guests.

· The MBNA Platinum 400 will be broadcast live on NBC and MRN on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, Sept 19 at 2:35 p.m. ET.

ROBBY GORDON QUOTES:

Dover is a very tough track but also a lot of fun because it’s so fast. It seems like one big, banked corner. It’s a lot like Bristol. We’ve got to have the right balance at Dover to keep a lot of momentum going on our laps, but that’s hard to do. But when you get it right, like the Cingular team did last June, it’s a fun track to race on.

“Balance is important to not going down a lap at Dover, but tire wear is also important. Last June, our tires were good all day and didn’t really fall off until near the end of a run, like they do at most tracks. The concrete surface is much kinder to tires than the asphalt and they don’t seem to wear out as much at places like Bristol and Dover.

“If you’re going to finish up front, you’ve got to pass a lot of cars during the day. At Dover, the best place to get around guys is on the bottom of the track because it’s the fastest way around the place. But you can also pass on the high side. Late in the race, the high side in turns three and four was really working for me.”

"In the June race, the Cingular car started out too loose on new tires but every time the fuel burned off, we had an awesome race car. We slowly worked our way back up through the field after dropping to the back during the pace laps when the telemetry equipment fell off and started dangling down under the gas pedal. We had to pit even before the race started but didn’t give up and kept working at it. Kevin Hamlin gave me slight chassis adjustments and tire pressure adjustments throughout the race that allowed us to post laps as fast as the leaders. The only problem we had was near the end when we didn’t need any handling problems. The car got really tight on those long, green-flag runs late in the race and we lost some track position. But we took four tires on that last stop because we didn’t have anything to lose and that gave us enough to get past two cars in the final lap and finish ninth."

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