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That’s not exactly what Robby Gordon had in mind

By admin | August 3, 2009


By Richard Allen

Robby Gordon seemed to be having a pretty decent run in the Pennsylvania 500 until lap 149. On that lap he spun and made contact with the outside retaining wall. His car was damaged, but not so much that he couldn’t continue.

The car’s damage was slight, but the driver’s anger level was great. The object of his scorn was the driver of car #12, David Stremme.

As Gordon wheeled his #7 Toyota toward his waiting crew he was heard to threaten revenge upon Stremme. His radio transmission was broadcast to a nationwide audience over ESPN television.

Once the race was restarted, ESPN wisely focused one of their cameras on the combative duo. And predictably, there was more trouble between the foes. However, things did not work out quite to plan for Gordon.

He was able to track down the #12 car and as they exited turn-1 he began the not-so-subtle task of sending a message. He bumped Stremme’s Dodge several times as they raced down the Long Pond straightaway on the 2.5 triangular track. Gordon apparently got control of his anger and seemed to be willing to let it go at that, rather than blatantly take Stremme out.

However, Stremme looked as if he decided to amp up the confrontation. As the cars drove through turn-2 he pulled to the low side of the track and allowed Gordon to pull alongside. At the exit of the corner his car veered over and clipped the rear of Gordon’s machine. The tap sent Gordon spinning wildly into the infield.

That was not a good result for a guy who had just moments before vowed to wreck his opponent, and was in position to do so.

To rub salt in the wound, Gordon was penalized five laps for ‘attempting to be aggressive’ which must be some new penalty that was just created on lap 156 of the Pennsylvania 500. A five lap penalty for getting wrecked twice makes for a really bad day.

Stremme was penalized five laps for not only attempting to be aggressive, but succeeding in the endeavor. That seems more like something to be penalized for.

Stremme wound up 32nd in the race while Gordon received a hard luck 33rd for his efforts.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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10 Responses to “That’s not exactly what Robby Gordon had in mind”

  1. Tom Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I’m begining to hate nascar more and more and don’t
    care to watch the races on tv ,with all the commercial
    interruptions.
    Nascar SUCKS!

  2. Bill H Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Well, “attempting to be agressive” was the rather lame explantaion first given by the equally lame ESPN announcers. Later they did give the actual reason, which was “hitting another car during the caution,” which was probably Stremme, and which the lame ESPN cameramen and lame ESPN announcers missed althgether.

  3. Craig L. Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Saying one thing and doing another, are two different statements. Robby kept his cool and only drove up under Stremme. He did not try to turn him around, but sent him a message (does this sound like a #3 Earnhardt tactic). Stremme took it further. Now let’s put them on a tv reality show and look for Digger…….I think Robby will win, cause pretty boy Stremme wouldn’t have to patience to finish the show.

  4. Tim Bentley Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    More NASCAR favortism… penalize these 2 and let Denny go for wrecking Reutimann, killing his chances for the “Chase” This is not the first time “NASCAR” only sees what they want. Seems to me they only mess with the “little guys” remember the bad call on Lefler at Daytona, same deal with JR. & Vickers..only JR. not docked laps. NA$CAR should have docked Denny 5 laps. give his points to the 00.

  5. amy anderson Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Robby got what he deserved. He has been doing very well the last two seasons controlling his temper, but yesterday, he traded a likely finish in the top 20 for a 30 something because he reverted to the old Robby. I love the guy but he is four times more frustrating for me as a fan than my main man, Ernie Irvan, ever was! lol

  6. Steve C Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    As a Robby Gordon fan I was nervous watching the replay. Yes I was shocked he showed composure and backed off. Stremme should have been PARKED the moment he dumped Gordon. No 5 lap penalty just park him. Course ESPN somehow missed the caution exercise (even though they had a camera on him?) sounds like another mystery yellow to me. And if Robby got a 5 lap penalty why didn’t Hamlin get at least a drive through for his deliberate wrecking of the 00 and the 47. That was more blatant than what Stremme did Mark my words soon there will be less than 43 cars each week cause the smaller teams are sick of getting screwed each week

  7. Steve C Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    By the way Rich thank you for not bashing Robby Gordon. Seems everyone else just loves to. Including NASCAR. I am so sick of him always getting the short end of the stick. Remember in Montreal when he got punted off the track during a yellow and was not allowed to stay in first cause he “didn’t maintain minimum speed?” Hello he got punted by another driver when the track was yellow. Jr can drive past the pace car to save fuel at michigan how many times with only a “please try to stay behind the pace car” plea from NASCAR. Stuff like this only helps make NASCAR look bad over and over by not being consistent. Well thanks again for saying something nice about Robby Gordon. I bet he would have finished around 15th if Stremme hadn’t wrecked his day.

  8. Mick Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Yesterday showed NASCAR officiating at its worst. #7 and #12 penalized 5 laps. #6 and # 11 no penalty for blatantly punting #00 and #96 out of the way — no doubt about it.
    However, Robbie’s habitual lack of self-control and running of the mouth does make him his own worst enemy. I guess NASCAR will ignore blatant “punting” if the punter says the “right” words or omits the “wrong” words.

  9. Mike Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Once again Nascar srews the pooch, and it seems anytime they can screw Robby they do that too! It is very difficult as a fan of Robby’s to keep hearing these phantom excuses, that they come up with. Listen the guy has passion for racing, and the desire to win each and every week. But, it seems Nascar keeps throwing any kind of road block in his way, to make it harder for him to get to victory lane! F-Nascar officiating! Nacar consistent? Yea right. They really piss me off!!!

  10. Sir-David Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Robby should just stop racing in thie pseudo-racing series (nascar).

    He should go back to racing in a real series like the IRL or something. Any other series would be better then racing with the WWE like he does now.