Talladega: Qualifying Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 11TH
ON WHAT IT WAS LIKE DURING KNOCK-OUT QUALIFYING AT TALLADEGA:
“I knew it was going to be intense and pretty wild. It certainly lived up to that. You just have no idea how close you are at every moment of having a crash. I feel very fortunate that we were able to get into the final round. I thought that where we drew really kind of did it all because we were near the Stewart-Haas guys the No. 14 and the No. 4. That sort of was our hand. It worked out. There at the end unfortunately it was a cat and mouse game. We flinched first and we needed to wait even longer.”
THERE ARE 11 CHEVROLET’S IN THE TOP 12 DID YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING WITH THEIR MANUFACTURER?
“The Childress ones obviously did the best job because all those Childress engines are what is at the top. It really became a numbers game. They just had more in their group than we had in our group. We needed a couple of more Hendrick Chevrolet’s to make it to that final round and we would have been as good as them and then it would have been really interesting.”