Charlotte: Post-Race Notes
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS - FINISHED SEVENTH
HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT? YOU HAD A REALLY STRONG CAR
"I don't know about that. It was a solid night. I was really good out front there in the beginning. We really struggled all day on Friday and tonight we could just not get it to take off good and then be good on the long runs. It looked like some guys were maybe a little bit freer than us on the shorter runs, but we were still able to maintain some good laps times and then be good on the long runs. It was a solid effort. It was a great call there to try to make two (tires) work. Our car was just way too tight to be able to do it. We lost a few more positions than I was hoping. But it was still solid."
DID THE LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS NOT GIVE ENOUGH TIME TO ADJUST ON THE CAR?
"We've been adjusting on it all weekend. I don't know. We had a very fast race car but just trying to get the balance is really temperamental. I don't know. That's why we debrief and keep working at it. We were very strong and overall it was a good weekend for us. But I was definitely anticipating or hoping to be a little bit better than that."
DO YOU THINK THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY LOST WITH HOW STRONG YOU THOUGHT YOUR CAR WAS ALL WEEKEND?
"It was certainly an opportunity. You want to take advantage of that number one pit stall but we didn't have enough cautions to do that. We need more cautions. We needed more cautions because when we had the track position we seemed to be able to maintain it, but once we lost it there was no getting it back. And all those green flag stops just didn't really suit us. So, we still had a solid effort tonight. But yeah, when you look at the guys who finished ahead of us, they are all the guys we are racing."
YOU ARE 36 BACK IN FOURTH; FIVE RACES IN. HOW GOOD IS THAT?
"I'm pretty impressed with that, to be honest. We've got to be realistic and while we've been really strong ever since the Chase started, we also came into this thing barely making it in and one week we probably weren't in it and then the next week we're in it and then we came from 13th to where we are. So I'm very proud of that and I'm not going to let this get us down. But, I also feel like we've been knocking on the door to get a win and that's what we're trying to do."
TALLADEGA IS CONSIDERED THE WILD CARD RACE. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TALLADEGA AND MARTINSVILLE?
"I'm looking forward to Martinsville. I don't know if anybody is looking forward to Talladega but it's part of it. And you've got to go in there with a positive attitude and fight and do your best and try to avoid whatever may occur there or what's going to occur there and hope that you come out with a race car, it doesn't even have to be in one piece, it just needs to get across the line with a decent finish."
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