Dover: Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AARP CREDIT CARD FROM CHASE CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED THIRD
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY:
"I thought we had a really good race car. We just never could get the track position. We kept adjusting on it. We weren't going anywhere. We were making changes to the car, some were helping, some weren't, but we still weren't really making any ground. We got fortunate we kind of stayed out under one green flag run; had pretty fresh tires then we were able to stay out on that one. Great call, great pit stops, really proud to have Chase credit cards services, AARP reward card on this Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet. It was a fun day there at the end. We were struggling and fighting hard all day, but came out with a good finish."
WERE YOU WONDERING IF THE CAUTION GODS WOULD SMILE ON YOU AT THE END?
"Yeah, we needed some things to go our way and that's something that's been hit or miss for us this year. Finally things went our way. We made a call to stay out, which obviously paid off and gave us some good track position. Our car drove pretty good up front there. And then we needed a caution. You hate to see what happened to Denny (Hamlin), I think it was Denny, happen, but it certainly paid off for us. So, then we had a car there with four tires that really took off. They pumped the air pressure up on them and it took off. I was able to get by Kyle (Busch), but it started getting pretty loose on me as I caught those other two and all I could do was watch at that point. So, we almost got Montoya on the last lap, but it almost cost us another position too, so it was a great top-three. Don't forget to get your AARP Rewards Card from Chase. It was pretty cool having a unique paint scheme this week with a local company here from Wilmington that supports such a great cause with Drive to End Hunger."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AARP CREDIT CARDS FROM CHASE CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED THIRD
THE MODERATOR: Jeff, great race out there today, talk a little about your run.
JEFF GORDON: Yeah, it was a fantastic finish for us. We battled hard all day long, hovering 13th, 14th, I think we got to maybe 10th at one time.
But I mean, it's frustrating, you know, when you think you have a better car than that, but you're trying to make adjustments on the pit stops and play the right tire strategy but you're just not making any ground and you know, we just got fortunate there where we only had a few laps on the tires and we decided to stay out.
Right away on the restart, I knew that clean air was making a huge difference and we were able to stay up there and we went third, fourth, whatever it was, for that entire run, and you know, we knew we needed the caution to come out. You hate to see it happen the way that it did but it certainly paid off for us to be able to come in and get four tires and have a good restart there to get third.
Q. Overall do you think this is a turning point to get the season started?
JEFF GORDON: It's certainly a great feeling. We have been running good. We just, you know, have had some things happen to us, kind of like last year, some self‑inflicted and some things out of our hands. We have just got to fight. We fought hard today, very hard, and this is a tough place. It's hot, slick. It was not an easy race and this team just never gave up. That's what got us in the Chase last year and that's what is going to get us in there this year.
It's so hard. Every time that we have a finish like we had at Darlington or a finish like we had today, or like Charlotte, it's never over until it's over. We just never seem to get into a rhythm of momentum.
All I can tell you is our pit crew has definitely improved. We made a little change there and it's paying off for us. Our cars have improved, so that always makes life a little easier, and now I just have to make sure I don't make any mistakes. I think Alan would probably second that; we
Today was a great race for us, just because we were sitting there 12th, 13th, 14th, and we stay out and all of a sudden, here we are third. So that's a great lesson for us to learn when we go to other tracks, as well.
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