New Hampshire: Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET - FINISHED 3RD: ON HIS RACE:
"It was a really solid effort. It's such a shame what happened to us in Chicago last weekend because I think we would have back-to-back top-fives. Great fight. We didn't quite have the car today, so to come home third, that's just a total team effort from pit stops, to adjustments. The car was the best it had been all day right there at the end. Just a great fight. I am really proud of this Drive To End Hunger team."
YOU KNEW COMING IN, THAT IT IS GOING TO BE LITTLE BITS AT A TIME TO GET BACK IN, AND THAT IS WHAT YOU DID TODAY:
"Oh, absolutely. It is one at a time. There is no doubt we can get ourselves back into this. We're a strong team, with fast race cars. We just have to consistently put those results together that we're capable of, and who knows where we can get to in the points."
YOU ARE STILL OPTIMISTIC EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE STILL 45 POINTS BACK IN 12TH?
"We gained a lot on a lot of guys. It's going to be tough to gain on guys like the No. 48 and the No. 2. Certainly today nobody was going to gain on that No. 11, still a really great effort, top three. I hate what happened in Chicago, we would have back-to-back top five's I think. Still great effort by the Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet team, I thought the pit stops were great. All the way around a great effort this weekend, great calls in the pits, adjustments as well. That was the best the car had been all day long was right there at the end and that is all you can ask for. We didn't have a car that could win. I thought we were a third or fifth place car, we came home third that is pretty good."
YOU ARE JUST RACING, BUT WHEN YOU PASSED KESELOWSKI WE WATCHED THE POINTS OF JIMMIE JOHNSON ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WAS TIED AND NOW HE IS LEADING THE POINTS. I THINK HE OWES YOU DINNER. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
"Well if that happens in Homestead I think he might buy dinner, but it's so early right now. Everybody is just racing for position, racing for wins, the points will kind of fall where they fall. I thought the No. 48; Jimmie (Johnson) did a great job today to come from deep in the field. His car, I know the set-up and he drove the heck out of it. I thought that was a great effort. That is the kind of effort that wins championships so we will see where that takes them."
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