JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: NOTE: Gordon won the pole by .001 seconds over Mark Martin. It was his third pole of the season, the 45th of his career and 14th for Chevrolet in 24 races this season. HOW ABOUT YOUR LAP? "I...
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DuPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO:
NOTE: Gordon won the pole by .001 seconds over Mark Martin. It was his third pole of the season, the 45th of his career and 14th for Chevrolet in 24 races this season.
HOW ABOUT YOUR LAP?
"I thought for sure someone was going to beat us. For Mark to be a thousandth of a second off of us.that was one scare. He's knocked me off poles here before. I've finished second to him a couple of times here before. I'm pretty proud of the whole effort. This team has been performing at such a high level lately. This is our second pole in three weeks, so we're really happy."
IS THE CHAMPIONSHIP OUT OF REACH, OR DO YOU STILL HAVE HOPES?
"I still have hope, but it's a long shot, I can say that. What I've tried to tell the team to stay focused on is putting out the best race cars, the best effort and try to win races. We can't control what happens with any other team out there, we can only control what happens with ours and we haven't been very good at that lately. What we want to do is just get our own program up there where we're battling for wins and getting the most points we can. As long as Matt [Kenseth] keeps doing what he's doing, nobody's going to touch him. On a bad day, he's ninth, 10th, 11th, like that. They've got good fortune on their side and a great race team and smart driving and good calls in the pits too. We certainly don't like to consider ourselves out of it until it's mathematically impossible. Right now, mathematically, it is and we'll just keep fighting until it's not."
HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT TO CHASE SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN SO CONSISTENT AND SO STEADY?
"From our side, it's more frustrating with things that have happened to us moreso than how consistent he's been. At Indianapolis, we had a rough weekend, but what an effort we put out on race day and came out of there fourth, My first question when I got back to the truck was, 'where'd Kenseth finish?' 'Second.' 'Wow. I just can't believe that.' This past weekend at Michigan, even though we weren't a factor because of the problems we had at the beginning of the race. I remember driving by Matt and Kurt Busch at the beginning of the race and they were struggling. Look at where Matt wound up at the end. I think he was eighth or something like that. It just tells you what kind of effort they're putting out. They're smart and a lot of things are paying off for them and going their way. That's one of the things it really takes to win a championship. It's not just putting fast cars and a fast driver out there."