Pocono: Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET
EARLIER TODAY, YOU SAID YOU'VE HAD A LIFETIME'S WORTH OF BAD LUCK IN ONE DAY. MAYBE TODAY IS WHEN YOU LUCK HAS CHANGED
"Well, it's never over until it's over. I've won races like this here before. I tell you what; the way our year has gone we'll definitely take it like this. Man, I've never seen the seas part quite like that before (laughs) like they did going down into (Turn) 1. I got a great restart and was able to dive to the inside in front of Kasey (Kahne) and I saw the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) get sideways and it just took them all out. And I was like, wow. And then I was thinking about the restart and what we were going to do. I didn't want to have the same thing happen to us that happened to the No. 48. And it started raining. I tell you what, with all the things that have gone wrong for us this year, I'm hoping that this is the one that makes up for it all."
YOU HAVE A PRETTY GOOD RACE CAR
"We do. Either way, we're in great shape. We're good on fuel; we're good on tires, and we've got a great race car. We haven't even been in clean air so I don't know how good it might be even better out there in front."
AFTER RACE WAS OFFICIALLY CALLED BY NASCAR DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, MORE COMMENTS FROM JEFF GORDON ~ WINNER
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO PUT YOURSELF THAT MUCH CLOSER TO MAKING THE CHASE?
"You can't ever give up. It doesn't matter where you're at. You've got to just try to go out there and win races. For all the things that have gone wrong for us this year, I still can't believe what just happened. But, I think this is the one that makes up for all the ones that have gotten away. I'm just so proud of this team. They just never give up and they gave me a great race car today. To start 27th and only have one caution, and work our way all the way up there like that, is pretty awesome. We got a great re-start and got into that inside lane ahead of Kasey (Kahne) and then I saw the No. 48 (Johnson) get sideways and somehow I just came out on the other end of it leading. So, I'm just so excited right now. I know that you don't want to win them quite like this, but we've earned it because of all the things that we've done this year. We've been in position to win races and we were at the right place at the right time. We probably had something going our way. I just can't thank Drive to End Hunger, and DuPont, and Pepsi and Quaker State and Chevrolet and everybody. This is a great moment. And I've got both of my kids and my wife here."
AND THEY'RE DRY
"Yeah, I don't know how they're dry! They're the only ones here that are dry. This is just like the greatest moment."
AS YOU CELEBRATE, TELL US WHAT IT MEANS TO GET THIS SIXTH VICTORY AT POCONO WITH EVERYBODY HERE TO SEE IT
"Oh, gosh. It's just an amazing day. I said to Alan Gustafson (crew chief) that miracles do happen. You start to lose confidence and doubt whether it's going to happen. Our cars have been good and our team has been good. We just needed some things to go our way and boy did they go our way today. I hate that those guys got caught up in that spin and wreck or whatever happened there. It was slick on those re-starts. I've got to say hi to Rick Hendrick; I know he's not here. And we had a lot of pressure on us. All four Hendrick cars finally get into victory lane in one year. That's awesome. That's been a long time coming. I felt a lot of pressure because we hadn't done it yet. So this feels good. It's that little boost that we need to get through these next five races and don't count us out, don't count us out. This is a great moment. We needed this. And it's awesome. It feels good and we'll take it any way we can get it right now and we're having a blast. And I'm going to enjoy it so much with these guys (family). Happy Birthday to Alan Gustafson! That is a birthday present right there (laughs)."
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