(Third of 36 races)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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.
“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.”