Friday
May152009

SPRINT SHOWDOWN PREVIEW

Charlotte, NC (May 15, 2009) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte, Robby Gordon and his No. 7 Operation Homefront / Jim Beam team are optimistic about their chances in Saturday’s Sprint Showdown. While the team believes that they have a race car strong enough to race their way into the All-Star Race, Jim Beam’s “Vote for Robby” campaign is still in full swing until the last vote is tallied tomorrow evening. You can keep voting from home as well by visiting http://www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/. Vote Now, Vote Often!

Showdown – “It’s a wild race. Saturday night we are going to hang it all out, especially since we will not be racing our 600 primary. It’s all or nothing and everyone wants it all. I think that we have a really good shot to race our way into the All-Star race by finishing first or second. If not, we finished second in last year’s fan voting, so hopefully the fans will choose us this year. If they do, we promise to put on a good show,” commented Gordon.

Montgomery Gentry ‘Turns’ it Up! – To kick-off the 25th NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Jim Beam has invited Grammy-nominated and country music award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry to perform a pre-race concert for fans, Saturday, May 16, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The duo will perform a one-hour afternoon concert in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Montgomery Gentry will take the stage at 3:30 P.M with Gordon introducing the duo.

Salute the Troops – Jim Beam and Robby Gordon Motorsports continue their support of the Operation Homefront organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency assistance and moral to U.S. troops and their families. In observation of Memorial Day, the No. 7 Camry will display the special red, silver and blue scheme featuring Operation Homefront during the race weeks in Charlotte. Further, Jim Beam will salute the troops by donating $25,000 to Operation Homefront. Appearances - Robby Gordon will be at the Jim Beam display on Saturday at 2:45 pm. This display is open to the public, but you must be at least 21 years old to enter. The Robby Gordon Motorsports souvenir trailer makes its way back to the track this weekend as well, and Gordon will sign autographs for his fans at 4:00 pm.

TV and Radio Times: Qualifying is set for Friday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on SPEED TV and Sirius. Race time on Saturday is 7:30 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on SPEED TV.

Friday
May082009

DARLINGTON RACE PREVIEW

Charlotte, NC (May 8, 2009) –Robby Gordon Motorsports heads south to Darlington Raceway for the legendary Southern 500. Gordon will pilot his No. 7 Quaker State Camry around the 1.366-mile track, which is notorious for its “too tough to tame” characteristics.

Darlington Data – While the “Lady in Black” celebrates her 60th-anniversary, Gordon will take the green flag for the 14th time on Saturday. In his Sprint Cup Series career, he has led 19 laps at Darlington and holds one top-five and two top-15 finishes.

Darlington Dish – “Unfortunately, our performances this year have been better than the final results. After our 16th-place finish last weekend at Richmond, I really think that things are looking up for the No. 7 team. I believe you will see a string of strong finishes from our organization in the coming races,” commented Gordon.

“Darlington is one of those tracks that lives up to its characteristics and is one of the toughest tracks on the circuit. We had a great car here last year, so we are hoping that we can duplicate that effort this weekend and avoid the infamous “Darlington Stripe.”

“Vote for Robby” – Don’t forget to do your part. Help get Robby voted into the All Star Race next weekend. Visit http://www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/. Vote Now, Vote Often!

TV and Radio Times – Qualifying is set for Friday, May 8th at 5 p.m. (ET) on Speed, MRN, and Sirius Satellite radio. The Southern 500 will begin on Saturday, May 9th at 7 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN and Sirius Satellite radio.

Tuesday
May052009

RICHMOND RACE REPORT

Charlotte, N.C. (May 5, 2009) – After a rainy Saturday in Richmond, the 43-car field began the 400-lap race under yellow-flag conditions to continue drying the track. By Lap 5, NASCAR determined that the track was ready for action, and the field finally began racing. The No. 7 Energizer Camry started strong and quickly moved through the field to improve on their 36th-place qualifying effort. Within the first fifty laps, the team broke into the top 30, and Gordon continually wheeled the car around the track picking up positions.

Once the green flag dropped, the race continued for the next 100 laps without a caution period, which forced the contenders to pit under green flag conditions. Unfortunately, the No. 7 Energizer team lost a lap to the leaders shortly thereafter.

Gordon knew that his Energizer Camry was fast, but the team needed to find a strategy to get their lap back. When most of the lap-down competition stayed out on the Lap 167 caution period, Gordon brought his No. 7 Energizer Camry down pit road for four tires and fuel. The new tires allowed Gordon to easily navigate his way through the field moving from the 31st position up to 24th position and into the lucky dog spot.

When the caution came out on Lap 191, Gordon got the free pass and came around the track to be scored on the lead lap. The Energizer Camry continued to handle well, and the crew brought Gordon down pit road just for routine maintenance.

As the competition heated up with 50 laps to go, Gordon and the Energizer team decided to fall back a bit to avoid any impending accidents. The team knew that their main focus had to be championship points and getting a decent finish. By the time the checkered flag dropped, Gordon cleanly raced his way back up into the 16th position.

“We had a really great race tonight,” said Gordon. “I’m proud of our effort and thankful for such a great crew. We had a few challenges to overcome, but the team did a great job throughout the whole race. After we lost a lap, the team did a great job making the car competitive enough to get the lap back, and we were able to keep us on the lead lap for the rest of the night. Darlington is another very tough track, so hopefully with a little luck and a lot of skill, we’ll be able to bring home a good finish again next week,” concluded Gordon.

The Sprint Cup Series travels to Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500. FOX will carry live television coverage of the event beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 9. Radio coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST on MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the event will be on SPEED on Friday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. EST.