That second place at Sonoma. Robby Gordon used a combination of pit strategy and road-course savvy to work his way up front, then stayed there for his best finish on the Cup level in nearly five years.
The first car to fall out of Phoenix, however, was TRG Motorsports’ No. 71, derailing Brendan Gaughan’s first Cup race since (as a YouTube viewer corrected) the Truck Series veteran drove in relief of Mike Bliss at the 2005 Pocono 500.
Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin squared off in a three-lap shootout at the end of the race that had the fans at home and in the stands at Texas on their feet.
Even before the green flag flew on Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, the weekend had already been packed with the unexpected. It all started on Friday night with a Truck race that flat fell short of expectations, colder temperatures playing havoc with Goodyear’s tire combination. The result was a second groove that never proved …
Would the bubble drivers have a chance to take the first step at Texas? Read on to find out in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown!
A funny thing happened on the way to last weekend’s AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega. Well, not really that funny… and not really on the way there. More like in the parking lot… but really in the infield. Robby Gordon’s truck got towed.
Another veteran would take the helm of the Air National Guard Ford at Talladega, where Saturday’s qualifying session proved just as significant to the bubble battle as the race itself…
“Every man for himself” may have been the rule of the day at Martinsville. But under this reign, Jimmie Johnson fell short for once.
In a surprising and pleasant twist, the best bubble performance of the week belonged to Latitude 43 Motorsports and fan favorite Ken Schrader.
Robby Gordon would return to his No. 7 at New Hampshire, but without backing from sponsor ExtenZe, would the 2001 winner have a chance to keep his team’s Top-35 prospects strong?