Still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series raced into New Hampshire Motor Speedway the day after the holiday on Friday, November 23, 2001, with one driver extremely hungry for his first Cup win.

Robby Gordon rolled into “The Magic Mile” driving the No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Gordon moved his way up from a 31st starting position to the front of the pack with just 20 laps to go, when a controversial pass caused the newly crowned champion Jeff Gordon to spin out.  

With the guidance of a great race team, Robby Gordon was able to grab his first ever checkered flag in the Sprint Cup Series, at NHMS in 61 Sprint Cup Series starts.

“We knew we had a really great car.  We started in the back, so we didn’t have the chance to lead a lot of laps.  My crew chief Gil Martin made some incredible calls. Sometimes we took two tires and sometimes four.  I knew we were in good shape,” said Gordon.

Robby would leave the New England track with a bit of vindication.  Not only had he won at an oval track, he was now a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner, truly appreciative for the opportunity to visit victory lane on such a special weekend.

“I am so proud of all the guys and everyone involved at corporate Lowe’s for giving me this chance at RCR,” said Robby.

The New Hampshire 300 was originally scheduled for September 16, 2001 but was postponed out of respect for the 9/11 tragedies. Robby Gordon would later donate all of his winnings from the NHMS victory to the families affected by 9/11.  

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