JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 7TH
IMPRESSIVE NIGHT FOR YOU NOT JUST THE SEVENTH PLACE FINISH BUT RACING WITH BACK ISSUES. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT FOR YOU?
“It was better than Saturday morning and that was what I was thankful for. I think the procedures and different forms of therapy that I did. Thanks to all the folks – there are quite a few people that were tending to me and I appreciate every one of them. I don’t think I would have gotten through this long race. It was tough. I was aching in there. There was one time when I got on the brakes into (Turn) 1 and it triggered something. I didn’t know what was going to happen after that, but it settled down. Luckily, I started getting off the brake. We had such a great race car. I’m really proud of this Drive To End Hunger Chevy team. Alan (Gustafson) and all the guys – I love that call there at the end. Just like the call that was made when we won the first race here. I don’t know if I could of held off Matt (Kenseth) but we were going to give them a heck of a run. The car was feeling pretty good right there so just a matter whether it was going to tighten up over 20 something laps. I got a decent restart there, but when Matt got to my outside I got real loose. At that point I was kind of just a sitting duck it got real tight. It was a good effort. I’m happy that I got through it. It tells me a lot about what kind of threshold I have and I just want to show this team the kind of commitment I have to them because of what they have shown me this year.”
WHAT ABOUT THIS WEEK GETTING READY FOR DOVER WITH THE BACK?
“I mean the one thing we didn’t have this weekend was time. It happened on Thursday. I was hoping I would be okay by Saturday. I wasn’t and then we got real aggressive from Saturday to Sunday. Luckily that paid off. Now having some rest and being able to take it easy and do my normal therapy I should be fine by Dover.”
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