The highly anticipated Inaugural season of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks launched April 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Robby Gordon over came many obstacles on the way to putting the #7 SPEED Energy / MAPEI / Toyo Tires stadium truck on the podium, with a hard earned third place finish.
The SPEED Energy / MAPEI / Toyo Tires stadium truck was on the gas from the start of qualifying on Friday, to the conclusion of the 18-lap main event on Saturday night. Gordon rounded out the 3-lap qualifying session second behind Brawley, Calif. native, Justin Lofton. The second place qualifying effort placed the #7 in the sixth starting spot for the heat race after the inversion.
Starting last in the heat race, Gordon wasted no time getting to the front, he quickly picked off truck by truck following the tracks of the ultra quick Greg Adler, of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Gordon crossed the finish line of the 8-lap race with a strong runner-up finish behind Adler.
After starting the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck final in the sixth position, Gordon battled through adversity on multiple occasions of the 18-lap race making multiple stops in the hot pits to fix the damage acquired from early race contact. Working his way through the field with a battered and beaten truck, Gordon drove past a flipped over P.J. Jones on the final lap to put the SPEED ENERGY / MAPEI / TOYO Tires truck on the podium with a hard fought third place finish behind winner Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas, Nev., and runner-up Justin Matney of Bristol, Va.
The next race for Robby Gordon, and the Inaugural season of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continues Sunday afternoon, April 21, in Long Beach, Calif. As the 600 HP Stadium SUPER Trucks take to the streets of Long Beach, for a high flying smoke show that will surely give the IRL Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans something to remember.
Make sure to tune into NBC Sports on Sunday, April 14 at 3 P.M. et. as SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Round 1 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.will be aired nationally on your local NBC affiliate. Check your local listings for channel and time.
All 12 Stadium SUPER Truck events in 2013 will be televised via tape delay and featured on NBC: seven on NBC and five to be televised on the NBC Sports Channel. Check local listings for channel and times.
Venues include University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.), Long Beach, Calif., Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, Calif.), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, Calif.), Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Mo.), Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.), Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas/Arlington, Tex.), Metro Dome (Minneapolis, Minn.), Stadium SUPER Truck Finals (Las Vegas, Nev.), and one to-be-named international event.
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