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Here’s hoping Robby Gordon runs well in Sonoma

By admin | June 21, 2012

By Richard Allen

Checking the entry list for this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 reveals the name of an infrequent competitor in this year’s NASCAR season. Robby Gordon will be making only his fifth attempt at qualifying for a Sprint Cup race in 2012. He made the field for the Daytona 500 and the race in Phoenix.

This writer, for one, misses having Gordon as a regular in this form of racing. Or more, I miss the type of driver Gordon was among the last to represent. He was that rebellious loner who actually worked on his own car, did his own legwork in obtaining sponsors and took the risks of running his own enterprise.

Over time, the mega-team represented by such organizations as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing overpowered the ‘independent’ runners in NASCAR until today they only exist as ‘start and park’ field fillers.

Gordon himself drove for one of those super powers in NASCAR from 2001 to 2004 when he piloted a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. He proved to be not so well suited for working within a major organization and ultimately parted ways after having won three Sprint Cup races in his time with that organization.

Two of Gordon’s three victories came on road courses, one each at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. And it was on those tracks that feature both left and right turns where he stood the best chance of upsetting the major players when he drove for himself or other smaller teams. So this weekend at least offers the opportunity for him to play some sort of a spoiler role.

Robby Gordon will not win the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Running well and finishing would most likely be the best to hope for. This weekend on the road course in Sonoma, this driver will not represent a dying breed but rather a dead breed. But it would be refreshing to see him have a nice moment in the California sun.

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6 Responses to “Here’s hoping Robby Gordon runs well in Sonoma”

  1. Jay Johnson Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    As a die-hard Robby Gordon fan, I enjoyed reading the article that you have published detailing Robby’s situation. It is nice to see the “little guy” getting some attention and sharing the spotlight with the big boys. Have you published any information regarding Robby’s SST Series that will be starting early next year? Thanks again for the great article.

  2. Webb Racing 97 Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Wreck’em Robbie back on the track!

  3. Russ Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Remember Robby drove for Roush during the later part of their domination of the Trans-Am and IMSA road racing series. Did very well there.

    His legacy will probably be that you can build a successful motorsports business in the U.S. outside of Nascar or Indycar.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Even though I miss Mickey Thompson, but, I feel Robby Gordon is no Mickey Thompson and I find it difficult to believe the Stadium Trucks can thrive without Series Cosanction

  5. Michael in SoCal Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:51 am

    It will be fun watching Robby race this weekend. He’s a great racer and personality. I hope his Stadium Trucks series is a success. Would be fun to check out a race or two.

  6. midasmicah Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Not only has nas$car run solid independents away, it’s also made it perfectly clear that chevrolets driven by anybody associated with Hendricks are going to win the cup championship. They might as well change the name of it to Hendricks cup.

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