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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2002
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jeff Gordon seems to have an innate ability to come through when the chips are down. Winston Cup observers are speculating on Gordon's slow start this season and pondering his emotional state as he deals with the fact that his wife of seven years has sued him for divorce. Gordon, however, showing no signs of distraction took his Chevrolet onto Bristol Motor Speedway's tricky half-mile oval on a cold afternoon yesterday and won the pole for tomorrow's Food City 500 with a track-record run of 127.216 mph. "This is gratifying," said Gordon.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2004
Robby Gordon was in position to win Sunday. He was riding fifth, biding his time, when, with three laps to go, a wreck brought out the caution flag and froze the running order of the Aaron's 499 Nextel Cup race in Talladega, Ala. It disappointed him and enraged many among the pro-Dale Earnhardt Jr. crowd, who hurled beer cans and soda cans onto the track as their driver finished second to Jeff Gordon, who was leading when the yellow flag was displayed....
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 19, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Racing at speeds approaching 180 mph, Bobby Labonte experienced major technical difficulties at Daytona International Speedway. "The 20 car landed on my windshield," he said. Yesterday's Daytona 500 history took an ugly turn on Lap 176, where the ride got bumpy for 19 drivers on the backstretch coming off Turn 2. The incident wiped out nearly half the field. The unavoidable domino effect provided the most visually graphic moment of the race: Tony Stewart's No. 20 Pontiac catching on fire and flipping three times before plopping on top of the Pontiac of teammate Bobby Labonte.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 5, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tonight's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway amounts to an unfinished NASCAR tag-team match from February's Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip won it, and is also defending champion of last July's 400. So he'll go for three straight, trying to tie Cale Yarborough's 35-year-old record for consecutive major wins at Daytona. Restrictor-plate racing requires drafting teamwork, and Waltrip and DEI Chevrolet teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been the masters of it in recent years.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 5, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tonight's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway amounts to an unfinished NASCAR tag-team match from February's Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip won it, and is also defending champion of last July's 400. So he'll go for three straight, trying to tie Cale Yarborough's 35-year-old record for consecutive major wins at Daytona. Restrictor-plate racing requires drafting teamwork, and Waltrip and DEI Chevrolet teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been the masters of it in recent years.
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By Sandra McKee | September 1, 2002
Here's a thought that will not earn me any friends from the ranks of CART fans. Supporters of the CART series want positive things to read about their favorite open-wheel series. And I'd like to write them. But it's difficult to find the positives at a time when CART is struggling to re-establish itself as a viable major player in the sport. During a conference call with Formula One driver David Coulthard, who will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month, this question was asked: Has the success of some former CART drivers in F-1 increased the regard that F-1 participants and contractors have for CART?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2004
Robby Gordon was in position to win Sunday. He was riding fifth, biding his time, when, with three laps to go, a wreck brought out the caution flag and froze the running order of the Aaron's 499 Nextel Cup race in Talladega, Ala. It disappointed him and enraged many among the pro-Dale Earnhardt Jr. crowd, who hurled beer cans and soda cans onto the track as their driver finished second to Jeff Gordon, who was leading when the yellow flag was displayed....
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By SANDRA McKEE | May 25, 2003
Robby Gordon. Remember when no one respected him, liked him or gave him a chance at being a successful big-time Winston Cup or Indy Car driver? He was too pigheaded - or hardheaded. He was too arrogant. Too much of a know-it-all. But today, Gordon goes into the Indianapolis 500 as the outside pole-sitter and a favorite to win the race. And when he has finished there, he'll head to Concord, N.C., to compete in the Coca-Cola 600. His chances of winning there aren't bad, either. When did Robby Gordon go from persona non grata to respected competitor?
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July 16, 1994
TORONTO -- Robby Gordon broke the Penske stranglehold on the Indy-car series, at least temporarily, setting a track qualifying record on the way to winning the provisional pole for tomorrow's Toronto Molson-Indy.Gordon, 25, earned his first Indy-car pole of any kind with a lap of 110.191 mph, breaking the year-old mark of 109.998 set by Emerson Fittipaldi.Nigel Mansell took the other front-row position on the tentative grid, despite hitting a tire barrier early in the 30-minute session. His fast lap, only moments before his incident, was 109.924.
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By Shav Glick and Shav Glick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 23, 2003
SONOMA, Calif. - Once Jeff Gordon pulled up behind Robby Gordon with 27 laps to go in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 yesterday, it seemed only a matter of time before the four-time Winston Cup champion would slip his Chevrolet past Robby's Chevrolet for the win. For lap after lap, Jeff dogged Robby, once shoving the nose of his car alongside Robby's, but he couldn't muster that little effort to complete the move. At the checkered flag of a dramatic 110-lap road race on Infineon Raceway's 2-mile course on a picturesque Sonoma Valley hillside, it was still Robby's No. 31 in front.
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By SANDRA McKEE | May 25, 2003
Robby Gordon. Remember when no one respected him, liked him or gave him a chance at being a successful big-time Winston Cup or Indy Car driver? He was too pigheaded - or hardheaded. He was too arrogant. Too much of a know-it-all. But today, Gordon goes into the Indianapolis 500 as the outside pole-sitter and a favorite to win the race. And when he has finished there, he'll head to Concord, N.C., to compete in the Coca-Cola 600. His chances of winning there aren't bad, either. When did Robby Gordon go from persona non grata to respected competitor?
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By Sandra McKee | September 1, 2002
Here's a thought that will not earn me any friends from the ranks of CART fans. Supporters of the CART series want positive things to read about their favorite open-wheel series. And I'd like to write them. But it's difficult to find the positives at a time when CART is struggling to re-establish itself as a viable major player in the sport. During a conference call with Formula One driver David Coulthard, who will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month, this question was asked: Has the success of some former CART drivers in F-1 increased the regard that F-1 participants and contractors have for CART?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2002
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jeff Gordon seems to have an innate ability to come through when the chips are down. Winston Cup observers are speculating on Gordon's slow start this season and pondering his emotional state as he deals with the fact that his wife of seven years has sued him for divorce. Gordon, however, showing no signs of distraction took his Chevrolet onto Bristol Motor Speedway's tricky half-mile oval on a cold afternoon yesterday and won the pole for tomorrow's Food City 500 with a track-record run of 127.216 mph. "This is gratifying," said Gordon.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 19, 2001
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Racing at speeds approaching 180 mph, Bobby Labonte experienced major technical difficulties at Daytona International Speedway. "The 20 car landed on my windshield," he said. Yesterday's Daytona 500 history took an ugly turn on Lap 176, where the ride got bumpy for 19 drivers on the backstretch coming off Turn 2. The incident wiped out nearly half the field. The unavoidable domino effect provided the most visually graphic moment of the race: Tony Stewart's No. 20 Pontiac catching on fire and flipping three times before plopping on top of the Pontiac of teammate Bobby Labonte.
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August 1, 1994
Auto racingWalker Motorsport -- Signed Robby Gordon, Indy-car driver, to a two-year contract extension through the 1997 season.BaseballOrioles -- Recalled P Arthur Rhodes from Triple-A Rochester. Optioned P Tom Bolton to Rochester.Colorado Rockies -- Activated OF Ellis Burks from the disabled list. Optioned OF-1B Ty Van Burkleo to Triple-A Colorado Springs.Chicago White Sox -- Optioned P Scott Ruffcorn to Triple-A Nashville. Purchased the contract of P Atlee Hammaker from Nashville.Detroit Tigers -- Placed OF Eric Davis on the 15-day DL. Activated OF Danny Bautista from the 15-day DL.Houston Astros -- Traded P Tom Edens to Philadelphia for OF Milt Thompson.
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March 26, 2006
Bristol Food City 500 At Bristol, Tenn. Lap length: .533 of a mile Car number in parentheses) 1. (20) Tony Stewart, Chevy, op. 2. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, op. 3. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, op. 4. (6) Mark Martin, Ford, op. 5. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, op. 6. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, op. 7. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, op. 8. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, op. 9. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, op. 10. (19) Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, op. 11. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevy, op. 12. (42) Casey Mears, Dodge, op. 13. (38)
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