When Robby Gordon takes the green flag in Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, he'll have his eye on two cars in particular - and they won't be leading the race.
Gordon will be keeping track of the #84 Red Bull Toyota driven by Scott Speed and the #47 Toyota driven by Marcos Ambrose.
The reason? Gordon's #7 Dodge is 34th in owner points, and the #84 and #47 are the two cars immediately behind him.
Gordon, an owner/driver, leads the #84 by 16 points and the #47 by 60. The top 35 cars in the year-end owners' standings are guaranteed starting spots in the first five races of 2009.
"I think you watch them," Gordon said of Speed and Ambrose, "(but) you have to race the cars that you're around at the same time.
“You have to be realistic about it. I think that we have a top-20 car (for Sunday's race). We were ahead of both of them in practice, so I feel pretty good about where we're at."
by Reid Spencer/Sporting News