Bristol: Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS - INVOLVED IN AN ON-TRACK INCIDENT ON LAP 391
YOU HAD 154 LAPS ON THOSE RIGHT SIDE TIRES, BUT YOU HAD A TIGHT RACE CAR. YOU MADE THE STRATEGY TO GET THE CLEAN AIR WAS THAT THE RIGHT CALL?
"Well we also wanted left sides (tires) because we heard left sides were helping the cars turn. We saw some of the guys do that. It definitely did that. The car was really good out front there on the restarts and got clean air. We were setting sail. The right fronts (tires) never blow out when you are up against the wall. I dove down to the bottom to pass the No. 32 car. As soon as I got into the banking I felt the right front (tire) go. I really hate that we collected Matt Kenseth in that; he had a great car. He was coming it was just a matter of time before it got us. It was a great, great effort today up until then for this Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, proud of that. We needed points. This is definitely not going to get us many.
"I was fine. Was just riding along there, in fifth, sixth spot. We had a good race car. We were a little bit too tight in traffic, so Alan Gustafson (crew chief) made a great call there to take left sides there, and it really helped. The car was turning really good. But, maybe we were just a little bit too hard on that right front. Not really sure there. Right fronts never blow out when you are up against the wall. I was up against the wall the entire run, and as soon as I went to go under a lapped car - boom - it popped down at the bottom of the race track and went all the way to the top, and we got the wall. Really hate that we collected Matt Kenseth in that. He had a great race car, and a great day going. We were really trying to get by with a top-five, top-10 and get some points. This is a bad way to end it."
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