Could Robby Gordon Trade His Stock Car for a Monster Truck?

Dustin ParksAnalyst IFebruary 4, 2010

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 25:  Robby Gordon, driver of trhe #7 Camoing World Toyota sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 25, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Prior to the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Robby Gordon made the hard decision to run a partial schedule.

A lack of sponsorship and a partnership with BAM Racing led him to reduce the number of races he will be attempting.

With the time he will have away from the track, Gordon will be looking at other avenues to satisfy his racing urges.

During an audio clip from Tradin' Paint on Sirius, Gordon said he was considering making an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Along with that, he is looking at entering the rally event at this year's X Games and will be running many off-road events with his Monster Energy Hummer.

However, Gordon mentioned as well that he is looking at a new form of racing, one that he has never competed in.

Could Gordon go monster truck racing?

According to the audio clip, the answer is yes.

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Gordon hinted that he would be building a monster truck in-house at his Robby Gordon Off-Road shop in California.

"I'm looking forward to it because I've never built a monster truck. I'm looking forward to building [that] and going against Grave Digger," Gordon said.

"We've always been dominant in off-road racing, so I look forward to this project."

It would be easy for Gordon to make the adjustment to racing these machines considering his background. Much like his off-road truck, a monster truck is a tubular chassis with a four-link suspension and gas shocks.

The trucks are extremely responsive to steering and quick moves, much like racing an Indy Car.

Finally, much like today's Sprint Cup car, the trucks are extremely safe and can take a lot of abuse.

Gordon certainly is capable of handling this type of machine. As a former off-road champion, he knows the abuse of running over hills and trying to keep momentum up at the same time. The only thing that he'll have to get used to is possibly understanding that these trucks aren't as nimble as his off-road Hummer.

Monster Energy is committed to Gordon and his efforts for Daytona as well as other races this season. With the combination between Gordon and BAM Racing, they say that the goal is to have one car running all the time.

However, Gordon said that because they are not going full-time, it does help in another aspect of the sport that has come about in the last few years.

"Neither of us [Gordon and BAM Racing] has any interest, as in none—like zero—in start-and-parking," Gordon said. "So obviously if we're not going to go to the race track to run full-time, we're not going to go at all."

Gordon mentioned that he had a "fleet" of intermediate cars prepared for the races following Daytona and says that he anticipates a new car ready "every three weeks" after that.

Despite his hopes to be in the NASCAR garage every weekend, Gordon knows that because of his other goals, that may not happen.

"Unfortunately there are going to be some schedule conflicts [because] I'd really like to do the X Games' rally deal, and I would like to do the Indy 500," Gordon said.

"There's some things I want to do that I feel are important for my career."

Gordon has sponsorship from both Monster and has an on-going partnership with Menard's through 2010. However, he did not elaborate on what role they would play.