Dover II: Pole winner interview

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS WINS 55TH CAREER POLE: "When it goes by for a while you feel like you've lost that magic touch or that combination that it took to get on poles and the competition elevates itself up as well so it feels...

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS WINS 55TH CAREER POLE:

"When it goes by for a while you feel like you've lost that magic touch or that combination that it took to get on poles and the competition elevates itself up as well so it feels great. I can name a long list of reasons why it's so special right now and probably even more special now than any time this season. Obviously with the Chase, having momentum is good. This is a tricky pit road. that's obviously good. DuPont being up in Wilmington. There's a lot of reasons and this is a great way to start our weekend. Hopefully we keep it going."

DO YOU FEEL MUCH BETTER NOW BEING ABLE TO GET INTO THE SHOOTOUT AS A POLE WINNER RATHER THAN A PAST WINNER?

"Definitely. I know that that rule came into effect there a while back and we've won the Bud Shootout and feel like with 54 poles part of this, in some way you've earned your way into the Bud Shootout. But there's nothing better than earning your way into it than getting a pole each season. It's also a long streak that we've had. It's a streak that we've had for ourselves for a long time and we'd like to keep that going as well. I think there's many reasons why it's important but it definitely makes you feel a lot better about being in that Bud Shootout."

ELABORATE ON PIT SELECTION AND WHY YOU WOULD MAKE THESE PICKS.

"Well, this is one of the trickiest pit roads that we go to. It's very narrow to start out with and then the boxes are just really tight. I think there's really only one, maybe two good stalls on this whole pit road and that's the first one and last one. There might be one opening but obviously being on the pole is a big advantage as far as that goes because there's definitely no better one than that number one stall. You usually do a lot of pits under caution here.

We were third here last time and we went way down towards turn four and just every time you come in and out you're afraid you're going to run in to somebody. I think I may have had contact with someone on pit road the last time we were here. Obviously that's in the back of our minds. We just want to put the fastest car on the track every time you are out there but that number one stall just definitely gives you that much more incentive."

DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR RUN WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE POLE BEFORE YOU CROSSED THE FINISH LINE?

"The last time we were here we were third and we were eight hundredths off the pole. We came back with a very similar setup and just made a few adjustments to it; we were pretty quick in practice and based on what Scott ran - which was a great lap - I needed to go a tenth faster than we went in practice. I was hoping a little bit of it would come in the adjustments and a little bit of it would either come in the grip in the track or just being a little bit more aggressive. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure. I got into turn one too aggressive and the back end wiggled a little bit on me and I was able to get in the gas really early and the car was just a little bit loose. But it was just carrying a lot of momentum. As soon as I crossed the line I knew I couldn't make a second lap; I didn't have enough air in my lungs because I can only hold my breath for that long. I came on the radio right away and told my guys 'I don't know, I think it's going to be really, really close and obviously it was extremely close."

-credit: gm racing

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