Worlds Apart: The Two Planets of Robby Gordon

Heath HeidemannCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

In our world, Robby Gordon is struggling in in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

He currently sits 34th in points, last among the drivers that have competed in all thirteen events heading into Pocono. Give him back his 50 owner/driver points, he would be in 33rd ahead of Paul Menard. Even with the penalty, he is at least 164 points ahead of 35th, no danger of not making the show.

Apparently, he doesn't care for the Car Of Today all that much. He had earned enough points in 2007 to finish in 26th, but with the first full season of the COT in 2008, he fell to 33rd.

This year seems to have the look and feel of the previous year.

So what is a troubled Sprint Cup owner/operator to do when things are not going as planned?

He flies Southwest, to Ensenada-Baja California. His other planet.

This weekend was the 41st running of the Tecate Score Baja 500.

Robby decided to leave the practice and qualifying duties in Pocono to Travis Kvapil, so that he could drive his No. 77 Monster Energy, Toyo Tires, Chevy Trophy Truck in the Baja. In this world, Robby is first in his class by 21 points, and has a slim nine point lead in the overall championship.

So far this year in the SCORE series, Gordon has won in Laughlin, and finished second in San Filipe coming into the 500.

The course runs just over 432 miles in the desert area and had over 275 entries in its multiple classes, including motorcycles, ATVs, cars, and trucks. The Trophy Truck division had 24 entries, all going for the best overall time on the track.

Robby ran virtually problem free, starting sixth in line, and taking the lead for the first time around mile 175. It was a back an forth battle for the remainder of the course, with BJ Baldwin, and Roger Norman pressing Robby throughout the event.

In the end, Robby would cross the line first in his class, with a time around eight hours and 45 minutes.

However, it was one of the closest finishes in the history of the event, which led to officials checking and double checking the final times of the top finishers to be sure they had it right.

Robby would eventually be named the top finisher, followed by BJ Baldwin, Roger Norman, Bobby Pierce, and Tim Herbst.

On this planet, with two races to go, Robby holds the lead in two championship points battles, in a completely different style of racing then we know.

On our planet, he continues to fight the fight, and try to find the key for what makes the Car Of Today simply turn left.


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