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    NASCAR's Other Gordon

    robbygordonbw.jpgRobby Gordon probably isn’t going to win any Nextel Cup championships anytime soon, but he is definitely a crosswind of fresh air across the NASCAR bow. Gordon was forced to sit out the Pennsylvania 500 as a penalty for his actions in the Busch series’ NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal, when he ignored a black flag, wrecked Marcos Ambrose during a green-white-checkered flag, and performed a celebratory burnout alongside Kevin Harvick after the race. At the time, Gordon claimed victory to the race, saying he was spun out by Ambrose on a caution lap and therefore entitled to restart at his previous position prior to the spin, but he has since backed away from that stance. NASCAR came up with some mumbo-jumbo about Gordon failing to maintain speed on a caution lap, which is ludicrous to expect someone to do when he’s just been spun out. Gordon wasn’t allowed to drive at Pocono, but he was able to field his car with P.J. Jones behind the wheel.  The egg was on NASCAR’s face, however, as hundreds of letter-writers and e-mailers swamped NASCAR.com writer Dave Caraviello for taking an anti-Robby slant. “ If you're looking for consistent week-in, week-out rule interpretation, this isn't your sport,” Caraviello replied to one fan. Well, gee, Dave, that’s exactly what we’re looking for! It’s called “fairness”! Meanwhile, Robby Gordon continues to make heads turn, this time offering a car to none other than Marcus Ambrose for this week’s race at Watkins Glen. Unfortunately, qualifying was rained out so the point was moot.

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