The 2007 Nextel Cup season hasn't been a banner one for the Ford Racing folks.
Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth managed to qualify for the Chase to the Nextel Cup playoffs. They have slipped too far behind the Chevy juggernaut of Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson and the rest of the bow-tie brigade to be considered contenders anymore. Edwards and Kenseth were joined by Greg Biffle in Victory Lane this year, but that's about it for positives.
At the end of the year, Robert Yates Racing will become Yates Racing - and more importantly, a shadow of it's former self. The Charlotte Observer's David Poole, ON PIT ROW this week, actually referred to RYR as merged with Roush Racing. That's the first time I've heard anyone on the NASCAR scene actually call the spade the spade.
And now Lee Spencer of Fox Sports has this news about Robby Gordon Racing.
Brendan Gaughan substituted for Robby Gordon, who missed the first Cup practice on Friday because of rescheduling due to rain. Gaughan was 15th on the speed chart after 11 laps. Gordon was at his Charlotte office putting the finishing touches on his sponsor package for next season, which he claims is "seven-eighths of the way complete."
Lee goes on to say that RGR (check out the architect's rendering of RGR headquarters above) has fourteen Car of Tomorrow Fusions set for next year - perhaps a signal that Robby will have a second car for 2008. She suggests maybe Gaughan will get a second chance in the Cup Series with RGR.
What about Robby's offers to Marcos Ambrose of drives in recent Cup races? Maybe a Wood Brothers-Robby Gordon Racing alliance is forming. That would, I think, be good news for Blue Oval fans.
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