Dover: Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED FOURTH
DESCRIBE THE WAY THINGS WENT THIS AFTERNOON FOR YOU ON THIS TOUGH RACE TRACK:
"It was definitely tough. Our Axalta Cromax Pro Chevrolet was very good. We had moments where I felt like we had the best car and there were moments where I felt like we were one of the worst cars. Man, I did not want to see that last caution. I felt like we were really in the perfect position fuel mileage wise, tires, speed of the car, we were just sitting there riding trying to get to the end. Then we had to make a decision on two tires, four tires. I felt like two was going to be the right thing. It worked out for Jimmie (Johnson) to win it. Congrats to him, but just didn't work out for us. Our car just didn't take off very good there."
YOU HAD A GREAT CAR AT TIMES. IF THIS RACE HAD STAYED GREEN THE REST OF THE WAY, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU HAD FOR THEM? YOU WERE ALSO SAVING FUEL FOR A WHILE:
"I think we definitely had that strategy nailed. We came in; stretched it as far as we could and the team did an excellent job getting it full of fuel. I was saving (fuel) most of that run. So, we were four short. But it doesn't matter. The caution came out and we just did not have a short run car. We took two (tires) to get track position, which won the race. But it just didn't work for our car. All in all, it was a great day for the Axalta Chevrolet. I was very happy with just the overall performance of everybody. And I was having fun. Congrats to Jimmie (Johnson). He's so tough here. It's no surprise that he won. It was a great job by (Dale Earnhardt) Junior, too; that was fun to watch."
YOU GAINED IN THE POINTS AND TECHNICALLY TIED FOR FOURTH, BUT YOU ARE IN FIFTH. LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE AND MOVING ON TO KANSAS, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR CHANCES?
"Oh, well, if we keep performing the way we've been performing; a driver can't slide into the pit stall too far, and we've just got to keep knocking out good pit stops and having good race cars like we've had. I'm very excited and motivated by how well this team has stepped-up ever since the Chase has come around. I can't wait to get to the next race."
Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Jeff Gordon (24 Chevrolet) in the Sprint Cup AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway wins the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award.
The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.025 seconds). Gordon started the race in 16th place and finished in fourth.
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