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Race/Date: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400/March 2, 2003

(Third of 36 races)

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Start Position: 21st

Finish Position: 23rd

Points Position: 14th

Race Recap:

Las Vegas is known for its multitude of slot machines, the pull of a handle between you and Easy Street. Unfortunately for the Cingular Wireless team, finding the handle on the chassis setup proved just as elusive as hitting the big jackpot.

Race day for Robby Gordon proved to be a back-and-forth struggle with the car being too tight and the front end plowing toward the outside retaining wall, and too loose, where the back end of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Monte Carlo wanted to come out from underneath Gordon. Though crew chief Kevin Hamlin called only for minor adjustments during the team’s eight pit stops, the changes they made to the car never quite worked as intended.

Gordon finished one lap down in 23rd while Richard Childress Racing teammates Kevin Harvick finished 13th and Jeff Green finished 27th. Team Cingular did pick up three spots in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings to 14th and are 12 positions ahead of where they were after three races last season.

Robby Gordon Quotes:

“We just couldn’t ever get the handling where I could be comfortable. It was very tight early on and we ran the first 100 laps without a caution. The adjustments we did make made the Cingular Wireless Chevy too loose coming off the corners and then it was just back and forth for the rest of the day. The good thing is that we’re still in great shape in the point race and there are 33 races left to improve in. We had a great test last week in Atlanta so we’re looking forward to running strong there next weekend in Cingular’s hometown.”