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Robby Gordon hurls serious accusation toward Goodyear, NASCAR during Sonoma race

By admin | June 26, 2011

By Richard Allen


Sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment that they may not have meant or that they wish they had not said. That may or may not be the case with Robby Gordon during Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

But then again, Gordon has never been one to shy away from controversy or speaking his mind.

Gordon has long been known for his road course abilities and is typically competitive on those type tracks, even with lesser equipment than his more high profile rivals. But in the later stages of Sunday’s event the owner/driver found himself with a set of tires that were not working as well as he would have liked.

Gordon radioed to his crew that he would like to pit for new rubber. However, his crew informed him that they had no new tires for him. He then instructed his crew chief to buy more tires but he was told that was not possible and that they had to use the tires they were initially issued.

It was at that point Gordon delivered a stinging jab directed at either Goodyear, NASCAR or both.

“There’s a big difference in the tires,” Gordon declared. “Some guys get new codes, and some guys get old codes. And that’s wrong.”

The obvious implication is that the tires are not handed out fairly. Gordon was apparently stating that it is known which tires are best and which are not.

This accusation came on a weekend when tires were very much a hot topic of debate in the garage area as several drivers and teams said they were caught somewhat off guard by rubber that did not work as the teams had planned. So, having the best matched tires would be imperative for getting a car to handle properly.

Perhaps Gordon’s comment was one of those made in the heat of the moment that he did not really mean or that would have been better left unsaid. But it was said.

So, are better tires handed out to top teams, or favored teams, while others get rubber off the scrap heap?

I have no way to know the answer to that question but I now know what Robby Gordon thinks, or at least what he thought in the midst of Sunday’s race in Sonoma.

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21 Responses to “Robby Gordon hurls serious accusation toward Goodyear, NASCAR during Sonoma race”

  1. Steve Cos Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Now I know there are a lot of Robby haters out there thinking he’s just whining. But NOBODY knows a road course like he does. The question you have to ask yourself is “what place was he in before getting the questionable tires”. If I remember he was up near the front. And then he magically moves backwards. Makes you really wonder. Bet he’ll get fined this week just enough point to put the Wood Brothers Ford back in the top 35. I can’t think of another driver they have had it in for a long as they have for him. And the funniest part of it all is they are desperate to have more owner/operaters like him. Just not him. Oh well. Go Robby!!!

  2. zhills fan Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I wouldn’t doubt it. NASCAR has not always played THEIR game fairly.

  3. Charles Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    With all the money in Nascar, I would not be surpised if one day you find ‘white collar cheating” in Nascar!

    In that cheating in the old days was mabe enlarging the engine, or hiding a nitrious bottle, lower the car with blocks etc, these thing were done in “low tech” old school ways of getting a advantage to win!

    Now with all the money involved I would not be supprised if the cheating could be a senerio where a team owner could get advantages by having connections in high places such as tire companies, fuel companies, or even Nascar inspectors, where favors are done and harder to catch! Bribes or favors done could benefit a team and it take years to catch!

    Nascar really needs to have a strict ‘conflict of interest” policy in place when hiring inspectors and companies that supply them!

    I predict one day a scandal or something like this will come out! It will damage Nascar more than anything else!

  4. jerseygirl Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    You see it every week. Get a bad set of tires and the car suddenly doesn’t handle. I don’t know about how things get distributed in NASCAR but it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that there is some level of shenanigans going on.

    Rubby isn’t my favorite driver but he speaks his mind. Of course, NASCAR will probably fine him for it. After all, wrecking lots of trucks/cars of competitors, even on pit road, well that’s just boys have at it, but talk bad about NASCAR. Oh my, we can’t have that!

  5. Tyler West Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Robby Gordon is awesome! And one hell of a wheel man. He does things his own way and for some reason Nascar does not like that. They have tried to run him out for a while now and it’s not right. It all depends on who makes the accusation. If Junior or someone from the Hendrick, Childress, or Roush camp made the claim Nascar would react differently. We need more guys like Robby. He is a real racer! I can’t stand it that they try to run him off because he doesn’t play a fool for the masses like some of the more prominent drivers do. The best thing Nascar has are the Bush brothers and Robby Gordon! Robby speaks his mind and I love it! GO ROBBY GO!!!!

  6. dawg Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    If anyone were to be screwed on tires, it would probably be Robby.

    If he had stood up for himself like Brian did. He,d probably have been parked for Daytona.

    Sad to say, NASCAR may not have to park him. Money issues may take care of that for them.

  7. Dennis Pearson Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Part way through the race, RG has YELLOW wheels, reminding me of the M Waltrip 30. Next stop, RG had black wheels on the front, yellow on the rear. SOMETHING was up as it was clear to me he was scrounging for tires from somewhere…

  8. Joe W. Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Come on people get real. Robby Gordon SUCKS!!!!!!

  9. Justin Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Steve Cos, there was nothing magical about Robby “moving backward”, Joey Logano took care of that for him by dumping him in Turn 11….

    But Gordon sucked all weekend. It is certainly uncharacteristic of him to not be competitive on a road course, but I dont think he found a set of tires that worked for him all weekend, so this one particular set couldnt have been the reason he sucked…

  10. Robert A. Booey Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Goodyear is a joke. They only compete where they don’t have to go up against anyone. And you can’t go buy more tires during a race? How is that even possible…

  11. Josef Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I’m sorry but there is no way. Robby Gordon ran up front for a majority of the day until his forward progress was halted by Joey Logano’s contact in turn 11. All tire codes used are the same per tire per team. If they bring Tire Code D5664 (Lefts for Daytona 03), you won’t see some completely random code go on to someones left sides later. Goodyear wouldn’t risk their reputation like that (and don’t argue with Brickyard 2008, that was a mistake, nothing more nothing less.) Are we honestly going to wrap ourselves into Robby Gordon’s ways and lies? This statement coming from one of NASCAR’s all time whiners? Robby feels that certain tires are better than others and thats not fair? How about when he dumped Jeff Gordon at New Hampshire because he wanted his first career win? Was that fair? What about Sonoma in 2003 when he made a clearly un-sportsman like pass on Harvick under caution? He felt no remorse. Was that fair? Nope. We can’t assume certain things said by certain people, much like in the case of Harold Camping. Some of you may think that NASCAR isn’t fair and uses a cheat. As a true fan of the sport, I can tell you any cheating accusations are false and I don’t use evidence, I use what is in my heart and what I really do believe. Robby Gordon will look for any excuse as to why he is not running well, I mean the man has switched from Chevrolet to Ford to Dodge to Toyota all in 4 years.

  12. Steve Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    All the comments supporting Robby just tells you all you need to know about Nascar. If people are constantly questioning a sanctioning bodies credibility, it certainly doesn’t bode well for the sport

    For the record, I also agree with everyone supporting Robby. Nascar doesn’t like Robby and try to make his life difficult any chance the get. They do alot of it behind the scenes though under the radar.

  13. Dennis Michelsen Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    NASCAR limits the numbers of tires a team can use in a weekend even in the Cup series. That is why Robby couldn’t get any more tires. Multi-car teams can “Code Match” among their sets of tires before putting the tires on the wheels.

  14. Wade Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    If Robby says he got the shaft, I believe him.

    Owner/Drivers don’t tend to be big bullshitters.

  15. Tim Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    He was refering to the date mfg codes, not the D5664 code which all the tires had this weekend. Basically he is claiming that he got “old” tires and the big boys got “new”

    FYI Tony Stewart has ripped Goodyear several times over the years for bringing old tires(but not playing fav’s). This is hardly the first time ppl have called out Goodyear.

  16. Richard Allen Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:17 pm


    Robby didn’t say “matched” tires, he said “New” and “Old”. He was referring to the age of the tires.

    If you remember, Cup teams were complaining that Goodyear showed up with a tire that threw them for a loop.

  17. Big Jack Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Josef — ” All tire codes used are the same per tire per team. If they bring Tire Code D5664”YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT I WORK FOR A TEAM AND I KNOW BETTER.

  18. Overra88ted Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    You know Dale Jr. got the good tire codes.

  19. HaHa#7 Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    except for this which can be found on Jayski’s race info page…

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Infineon . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run this code (D-4438) . . . compared to what was run at Infineon last season, this tire features both a softer compound and a slight construction change to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Infineon.

    they were all brand new tires. sorry this is just Robby talking to hear himself.

  20. Frankie Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Robby knows what he’s talking about when it comes to anything related to a road course. He also cleanly passed the 20, who was driving a car built by one of the big dollar teams. Robby is just that good on a road course, whether you like him or not. So yes, I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but if anyone was going to be treated badly by NASCAR, it’s going to be Robby. Hell, even Kyle Petty and the others calling the race said Logano made the “right move” by punting Robby, yet they never showed us where Robby did anything to deserve it. Another thing…if Robby Gordon would have taken out Joey Logano in the exact same way, he would have been black flagged, and that theory I believe with all my heart. Even with the cards stacked against him, Robby manages to stay in the top 35, and makes enough money to fund his other racing interests. By the way, if you are reading this, and you haven’t tried Speed Energy Drink, you should check it out. I’m not big on energy drinks in general, but this one tastes great!

  21. ryan Says:
    June 30th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    robby is one of the best road racers ever. i hope nascar goes out of business.

    go robby!