JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – FINISHED 10TH
ON THE DAY:
“I am pretty impressed with the team and thank them for hanging in there with me. It was a frustrating day. We just weren’t really good with the car all weekend. We had to fight through. We had track position and we were maintaining that. And the strategies just started getting all over the place and we lost that track position. It was just a real struggle. I just appreciate the team working hard and hanging in there with me and to come back and get a Top 10 is pretty impressive.”
HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE CLEAN AIR?
“At the end, you either had to have much fresher tires or you had to have clean air. And I can thank Paul Menard for the fresh tires. That actually kind of really changed things for us and we were able to pass a bunch of cars that didn’t come in and get tires on that that last run.”
WERE YOU MAD AT MENARD?
“I wasn’t happy. But, none of that is worth it for 20th or 18th or whatever we were racing for. I don’t even know what it was. But it is what it is.”
THERE ARE 7 RACES TO GO BEFORE THE CHASE
“We fought hard for tenth today and that was important to do. I don’t know what it did for us in the points, but I think the reason why, as a team, we were frustrated today is because we tested here and we came here with pretty high hopes as an opportunity to win. And it just never felt like we were in position or had a car that could win today. So, that’s something we’ve got to do a better job of when we get to Indy.”
WILL YOU USE THE OFF-TIME TO CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?
“We’ll use the off-time to relax. But, you know, this team never stops working and I’ll do whatever it takes with them to prepare for what we need to go and do in these next seven races.”
CAN YOU RELAX?
“I am able to set aside what happens at the race track when I leave the race track. We all go through tough times and frustration and this team has been through it before. It’s not fun. We don’t like it. But, we know what we are as a group and a team and we’ve got to stick together and we are. And we just will continue to do the best that we can. Everybody, no matter whether you’re leading the points or running where we are in the points or 30th in the points, everybody has to take moments to step away and relax a little bit and regroup. And so, this off-weekend will be good for everybody.”
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