Robby Gordon was born in Bellflower, California on January 2nd, 1969. He is the son of the off-road driver, the legendary “Baja Bob” who won three Baja 1000’s in 1987,1989 and 2006.
Robby Gordon is an American racing driver who currently competes in the Nascar Nextel Cup with the #7 Jim Beam/Menards Ford Fusion. In the Nascar championship Gordon is known as one of the best road course drivers.
The team made its debut with Bill Terry as owner in 1982 at the Cracker Barrel Country Store 420 event at Nashville Speedway USA with Bob Jarvis as the official driver in the #32 Clinomint Buick. Jarvis finished that race on the 28th position. Due to the weak performances the team ran a limited number of races until 1987 when they switched to full-time schedule. Bob Jarvis was also replaced by Alan Kulwicki and the car became #35 Quincy’s Steak House Ford.
Kulwicki had a great season and won the “Rookie of the Year” title. After this the team switched to #7 car and received a new sponsorship from Zerex. With this new partnership Kulwicki won three pole positions and finished 15th in points that year.
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The success for Kulwicki came late, in 1988 he won his first race of his career at Phoenix International Raceway. Kulwicki won again a race after two years, in 1990 but the team lost the Zerex sponsorship. Due to this fact the driver was replaced by Mark Stahl but he had weak performances and was replaced again by Kulwicki who won three races over the next two years. The most important victory was in 1992 when he defeated Bill Elliott for the Winston Cup championship by 10 points. But all these ended when Kulwicki died in 1993.
After this the team ran under Kulwicki’s name with Jimmy Hensley as the official driver. He was quickly replaced by Tommy Kendall. After this Geoffrey Bodine bought the team and received a new sponsorship from the Family Channe until the end of the season. The the sponsor was replaced by Exide Batteries in 1994. With Bodine as official driver the team had 3 victories that year and finished on the 17th position. The last victory of the team was obtained at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
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In 1998 the team was sold to Jim Mattei and it also received a new sponsor from Phillips. Bodine moved to Joe Bessey in 1999 and sold the rest of the team. He was replaced by Michael Waltrip and the team moved from Ford to Chevrolet. Waltrip finished 5th in the Daytona 500 race and 29th in points.
In 2000 the team received another sponsorship from NationsRent, Waltrip finished on the 10th position the championship but at the end of the year he left the team and was replaced with Mike Wallace. Mattei sold the team to Jim Smith and Wallace was replaced by Robby Gordon. Gordon finished on the 2nd position at Sears Point but later that year he moved to Richard Childress Racing. He was replaced again by Wallace but later he left for Penske Racing and was replaced by Kevin Lepage.
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In 2002 the team moved from Chevrolet to Dodge and received a new sponsorship from Sirius Satellite Radio and Casey Atwood was named official driver. Atwood was hired to drive as part of a new partnership with Evernham Motorsports Due to the lack of performances he was replaced by Jason Leffler . Leffler was replaced in 2003 by Jimmy Spencer who had ten top finishes. Due to the fact that the team dissolved the partnership with Evernham Motorsports the team ran only two races in 2004.
In 2005 the team was bought by Robby Gordon with Smith and John Menard as business partners. The engines of the car was provided by Menard but there were prone to failure. The engine supplier was switched after all. Then Jim Smith left the team after he bought his own team: Ultra Motorsports.
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In October 2006 RGM signed an agreement with Ford Racing and in 2007 started to run the Ford Fusion with new sponsorship from Jim Beam,Mapei,Camping World, and Monster Energy Drink for most races. Marcos Ambrose was named official driver of the #77 Camping World Ford but he was forced to abandon the race in August due to the bad quality of the engine. Now, RGM switched to Roush/Yates engines.