Strategy Works For Gordon

Staying on track rather than pitting with the leaders helped Robby Gordon score a third place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his first top five since 2007, however NASCAR took the car's rear housing to its R&D Center after post-race inspection.

If there are any infractions or penalties found NASCAR will announce those findings later in the week.

Gordon followed eventual race winner David Reutimann and race runner-up Ryan Newman by staying out rather than pitting on what turned out to be the final pit stop for leaders in Sunday's rain-plagued race.

When the weather turned wet enough to force NASCAR officials to end the race after 228 laps, Gordon notched his 15th career Sprint Cup top five and first since Watkins Glen back in the 2007 season.

"For me this is a momentum builder for us," Gordon said. "I think we've had some decent runs. We finished 15th at Richmond a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately we got caught out early at Darlington. How do you say it, success breeds success. We've been focusing really hard on our racecars. Another clean racecar we get to bring home. That will help us as far as building up ammunition to go to the racetrack with."

Gordon also looked at Reutimann's first career win and the first Cup victory for Michael Waltrip Racing as motivation.

"Like I said before, he did win today because of rain delay, but he's been running good all year," Gordon said. "I think if you watch how that program started, they were in the 30s. They worked themselves into the 20s, worked themselves into the 10s. You put yourself in front of the door enough times when you're running top 10, you're going to pull off one of these wins like today."

Gordon and his team were monitoring the weather most of the afternoon and had decided to roll the dice around what turned out to be the final stop of the race. Unfortunately he wasn't alone in that decision or victory lane might have been Gordon's

"I was bummed there were two other guys that went for the gamble," Gordon said.

"I think part of it was watching the computer screen. We were sitting there 20th or 21st, and sat there and watched it. It's like, okay, well, if we pit, we're going to come back out 21st or something like that. If we stay out, we got an opportunity to finish in the top five. Didn't know how many people were going to stay out. Obviously, Ryan's crew was on their game, so was Reutimann, on theirs. We were probably a 15th place car."

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