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Event Preview Fact Sheet

Event/Date: Chevy Rock & Roll 400/Sept. 6, 2003

Venue: Richmond (Va.) International Raceway

Robby Gordon’s NASCAR Winston Cup Performance History at Richmond International Raceway

Date

Start

Finish

Laps Completed/

Total Laps

Status

Money

05/03/03

33

4

393/393

Running

$101,212

09/07/02

11

28

397/400

Running

66,686

05/04/02

37

34

309/400

Accident

66,081

09/09/00

DNQ

05/06/00

36

37

282/400

Brakes

23,350

09/06/97

4

42

7/400

Engine

22,185

03/02/97

24

28

396/400

Running

21,215

02/24/91

35

26

288/400

Running

3,525

TOTALS Avg. Start: 25.7 Avg. Finish: 28.4 Laps: 2,172/2,793 Money: $304,254

NASCAR Winston Cup Points Position: 12th

NOTES:

  • This Week’s Race Car (chassis No. 99) finished fourth in the May race at Richmond, after Gordon came back from three laps down. The car also ran at four other tracks this year, including Darlington in March, Charlotte, Pocono and New Hampshire, where Gordon scored another top-five finish.
  • Gordon is on vacation this week in the Bahamas
  • Trapt, the new alternative rock band sensation, will be featured on the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet in a special paint scheme at Richmond as part of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. The weekend will be highlighted by pre-race events and trackside musical performances by Trapt, accompanied by Gordon.
  • Gordon and Trapt are scheduled to sign autographs at Gordon’s merchandise trailer outside Richmond International Raceway from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
  • The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will be broadcast live on TNT and MRN Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5 at 3:05 p.m. EST

ROBBY GORDON QUOTES:

“It was great for the Cingular team to come from three laps down to finish fourth at Richmond in May. I couldn’t even touch the gas in the opening laps because the car was so loose. We pitted under green and lost three laps, and realized we had a cut tire causing the loose condition. But the car was soon awesome — the fastest car on the track by far. But we couldn’t go anywhere because we were three laps down. But we were patient and kept our nose clean and made up those laps one by one.

“We knew something was wrong when we took the green flag that night because the Cingular car was terribly loose. Somehow, we managed to gain a few positions because the car was so good but had no choice but to pit under green on lap 21. We took four fresh tires and realized we had a cut tire that caused the handling problem. It was pretty frustrating because we were so strong and were faced with the 43rd position and three laps down. But we had the best car of the night and were running lap times faster than anybody else. As the night went on, we were strong enough to make up all three of our laps and take the lead with about 100 laps remaining, although we were on older tires than anyone else. But another car with fresher tires finally passed us but we held our own to finish in fourth after the race was called due to rain.


“I’ve had some good races at
Richmond but it never seems to be an uneventful night for me. I always end up getting run over by someone or something. Last year in the first race, we were really good but ended up having a piece of debris shoot through the windshield and dash. We lost a lot of spots repairing that. In the September race, we again were very good and ran in the top 10 for a good while before NASCAR black-flagged us and we had to pit under green due to an engine problem late in the race. I was a bit confused over that deal because we were definitely maintaining the minimum speed. Like I said, it’s always something at Richmond.

“I think the Cingular Wireless team can do just as well this time around as we did in May, but hopefully, we won’t have a major problem to deal with. We have a handle on our short-track program lately and have a good package at those tracks. I’d put Richmond in the same league as Martinsville, Bristol and Loudon except that Richmond is a smoother track — it’s kind of a mix of those tracks. The Cingular Wireless Chevy has handled well at those tracks lately and I think Richmond will be good to us. We’ve just got to concentrate on making the car rotate well through the corner without being loose on entry.

“Brakes are so important at Richmond and braking in Winston Cup racing is totally different than it is in the CART Series. In CART, you can drive the car into the corner as hard as you want, hit the brakes and then turn the thing. Winston Cup cars like to roll into the corner. I think we’ve got a good program and we’ll hopefully qualify and race well.”

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