You don't have to like em, but they're good guys!

dpkimmel2001

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The following from Poole's article.

He'll see your autograph - and raise you | www.thatsracin.com

He'll see your autograph - and raise you

A couple of fans visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend hoping to get Robby Gordon to sign a poster so they could send it to a solider they know who's in Iraq.

Gordon not only signed it, he took the poster inside the track and had more than two dozen other drivers sign it and got it back to the fans so they could send it to the soldier.


Many people don't like one driver or another but for the most part, they're good guys.

I'm not an autograph hound or anything but when trying to introduce my Son & Daughter to the sport, we've hit some of the vendor's haulers for the scheduled autograph sessions. We thought that if they had a chance to meet one or more of these drivers they'd be more interested in the sport. We were right. Every single one of the drivers that we've met over the years has been great. One of those drivers was Robby Gordon. He spent more than the usual 20 seconds with my kids and teased them both for not wearing his merchandise. He asked who their favorite drivers were and got on them about that too. It was all in fun and they new that. He gained a couple of more fans that day. Go ahead and flame away if you like but if your trying to convince me that Robby is a bad driver and shouldn't be in the sport, you're wasting your time. It takes all kinds to make this sport and that includes drivers like Robby Gordon. :yesshake:
 
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semipenguin

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I've always liked Robby Gordon. I think he's a good guy. I rooting for the guy to win the Indianapolis 500 about 10 years ago before he ran out of gas with a lap to go.

He also grew up in the same areas I did back in the '70s. I was born in Downey and lived in Bellflower and Cerritos, CA. For all I know we might have gone to the same grade school while I was living in Cerritos...:shock:

This is me getting a picture with Robby at the Kansas Race back in 2007...:)

 

semipenguin

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^^^^^^^^^^^^Wrong Gordon trailer dude!^^^^^^^^^^^^:rofl2::rofl2:

I have a couple of #7 t-shirts now. Don't really wear them because almost everything I own is in storage, waiting for my house to sell...:worried:

You probably wouldn't find that other Gordon is his trailer. :no:

You're 100% right about that. Very few drivers go to there trailers very much anymore. Robby doesn't even require you to get a ticket to get an autograph...:)

The only drivers I've seen out at there souvenir trailers are Robby, Bobby Labonte, Kurt Busch (both champions), Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler, and Sam Hornish.

I've only bought two 1:24 scale die-casts. One was a Lowes/Spongebob #48 die cast, and the other was a Jim Beam #7 die-cast. Robby signed that one when I got the picture taken...:)
 

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Well in the realy popular drivers defense(Jeff, Jr, Tony etc) the haulers insurance companies won't let them come put anymore. Last time Jeff did that he signed for 30 minutes longer then he was supposed to and the line stll was WAY ln. When his PR person made him leave to go to his next apperance the crowd started getting mad and was shaking the souvineir hauler. Tha is why the really popularguys dont come out.
 

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We've seen many of the drivers over the years at their haulers. Some of the more popular ones as well. Especially at Bristol. Kasey Khane, Jimmy Johnson, Carl Edwards & others.

By far, the nicest driver that we've had the chance to talk to was Brendan Gaughan @ Dover. He was in one of the haulers and we took the kids over closer so they could see him. He saw them and motioned them over to talk to them. It only lasted for a couple of minutes. About an hour later as we were heading back from eating lunch at our truck we passed him going the other way. He still remembered our names and carried on a conversation that we had earlier. He saw a lot of people that day and I was quite impressed that he'd remember. If you ever have a chance to meet him, do it.
 

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i remember sitting in pontiacs suite at rir during the truck race and there was hardly anyone sitting near me (no i didn't stink..just thought i put that to rest before someone tries and bring it up) and noticed someone sit down 2 chairs over to the right of me. when the caution came out I looked around a little bit as i heard the door open and close a few times between cautions. that's when i noticed the person sitting across from me was bobby labonte. i slide my suite ticket and pen over to him in hopes that he would sign it and without a doubt, he did and slide it back to me. after the finish of the race when we were all getting ready to leave i thanked him and shock his hand and wished him the best of luck.

i was walking to the door and i happen to notice to the left of me, still sitting and signing some autographs was robert pressley. i took my suite ticket back out of my ticket holder and got his autograph as well and give him regular thank you and wished him the best of luck.
 

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Everything has a price, including covering the hauler and merchandise should it be damaged, due to fans, a accident, whatnot.

The carrier would just charge more premium for a higher limit. Depending on the type of coverage they choose, the premium could have a high price tag on it and the insured may not think it's worth it, so they don't have their drivers come out.
 
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