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NASCAR RaceDay: Robby Gordon Q&A

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LIVE from Pocono, SPEED's "NASCAR RaceDay presented by the Home Depot" spoke with NASCAR President Mike Helton and Robby Gordon about NASCAR's decision to park Gordon for Sunday's Nextel Cup race after Gordon's on-track incident during Saturday's Busch race at Montreal.

Wendy Venturini: It has been the latest news in the garage with what happened in Montreal, Canada is affecting us here in Pocono, Pa. today. We're not joined by Robby Gordon. ...do you agree with their call of sitting you out for today's race? Robby Gordon: Obviously, we agree to disagree with a bunch of the calls. The biggest thing is I do understand their black-flag rule, and I understand why I'm sitting out today is because I didn't respond to the black flag. In my defense, I was wrecked under caution. I was never running 13th so why should I ever have to go there? That's just a call that I feel that they made that put me in a situation to react the way I did. It's unfortunate because I was able to get past Marcos pretty much clean, and I was slowing under the caution. I truly don't believe that he knew I was slowing under the caution. I think he was so concerned about me passing him that at this point I was slow and he turned me. I disagree with the call of the race. (I) understand where we're at today and look forward to going next weekend at Watkins Glen and winning both races.

Wendy Venturini: Do you think because of the caution time on a road course when you were in Montreal was around six minutes vs. a track like Bristol, the caution laps are so quick, do you think NASCAR had a little bit more time to think about their decision (and) that made a difference? Robby Gordon: Well, they did. Everybody can go to RobbyGordon.com, and you can see the statement that I released with the way my feelings are. To be honest with you, when the caution came out and I had climbed back up to where my respective position was, 1st or 2nd, I ran side-by-side with Marcos. They said, "OK, 7 car in front of the 59." And we went about 3/4 of a lap. Then they said, "OK, the 59 in front of the 7." Which I was fine with. I think this could have been handled differently, and that's where I should have respectively been. And the situation that happened after that wouldn't have happened. My penalty is for today, is for not obeying the black flag rule or go to 13th position. But I feel the call was wrong on having to go to that position so I'll play by their rules, and I understand what their rules are. But we had a good race car. We drove a smart race, and unfortunately, I felt that they put me in a position to react the way I did. Wendy Venturini:Well, thank you Robby Gordon for taking time out of your day. Robby Gordon addressing the media today. Now, here's the latest, of course, Robby Gordon will be in the car next week at Wakins Glen. He'll be strong because it's a road course, but for today at Pocono, P.J. Jones in the car.

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