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Robby Gordon, Dodge reach deal

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dodge's Sprint Cup fleet increased by 50 percent on Thursday.

Driver Robby Gordon announced that he and his Robby Gordon Motorsports organization had reached a deal to run Dodges in the Cup races he enters this season, which right now stands at about 18 to 20.

Dodge had three factory-backed teams in 2010 – with drivers Sam Hornish Jr., Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, all with Penske Racing. Penske ended its Cup program with Hornish, which effectively allowed for another Dodge program.

“At RGM, we haven’t had a factory program in two years. We kind of rode it out with Toyota, but it wasn’t a factory program,” Gordon said during Thursday’s Media Day activities at Daytona International Speedway.

“We really didn’t get any help. That’s the truth of the matter. They had their priority teams prior to us rolling in.”

Gordon said he was impressed with Dodge’s facilities in Detroit during a visit in December.

“They have all the tools to do what they need to do. I feel with the guys they have in charge, I’m excited about the direction they are headed with Dodge and there will be multiple opportunities for RGM,” he said.

Gordon will use engines from Penske. His Cup schedule could expand.

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