Michigan: Qualifying Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER/AARP CHEVROLET - QUALIFIED 11TH
ON HIS LAP:
"Just trying to hang on, man. These are crazy conditions. The track has just been strange all day. This tire just does not like to be pushed hard in an area where the track doesn't load the tire up, so you're on a fine line between driving in deep and not driving in deep enough. Seems like once you get it loaded up it's not too bad. But I thought the balance wasn't too bad. It was pretty good there. Tried to push a little harder on that second lap and got really loose getting into three and in this place momentum is everything. But not a bad day for the Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet. We'll see where we end up."
IS THIS A BETTER COMBINATION THAN THE LAST TIME THE SERIES RACED AT MICHIGAN?
"The conditions to me, yeah, I feel like that track's lost a little bit of grip, so I feel like now the old tire would've been just fine. But we don't know until we get into race pace and see the heat, and I'm sure there's still a chance of blistering. I think we all know that racing on the harder tire and this combination is the best thing. I don't know. So far, it's hard to tell. This construction seems to be pretty good with this compound, it's just not optimal for what we've been dealing with today."
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