Martinsville: Jeff Gordon qualifying interview

Jeff Gordon , No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, Qualified third: ON TODAY'S QUALIFYING EFFORT: "Obviously, we are pretty happy with third for where we drew for qualifying, first out. It has been a pretty good day for us. I felt like the last two runs...

Jeff Gordon , No. 24 DuPont Impala SS, Qualified third:

ON TODAY'S QUALIFYING EFFORT:

"Obviously, we are pretty happy with third for where we drew for qualifying, first out. It has been a pretty good day for us. I felt like the last two runs in practice we really hit on some things that really changed our day. We were real real tight trying to get it to roll in the middle, which is important here. We finally hit on some things. I felt like we could have even went a little further for qualifying; we were a little bit too tight even in qualifying. You know, going our first, I don't know how much that really hurt us because we still ended up decent. Psychologically, going out first isn't the best thing. Grip level I didn't think was too bad, just wish we hadn't have gotten so tight."

ON GETTING NEW GENERATION IMPALA SS RACE CAR TO DO WHAT HE WANTS IT TO DO:

"I definitely think we are much closer to where we would like to be here than we were at Bristol. We really struggled with some things at Bristol to get what we wanted which we knew that would happen because of the banking, the speed and loads you have on the front. There are these big spikes that I talked about at Bristol as you get in the corner and exit the corner. Here you might have a spike when you get on the brakes, if you get on the brakes really hard, but through the corner it is pretty normal. You definitely can't drive this car as hard as the Monte Carlo, but I feel like we are getting the most out of it and able to attack fairly decent. Today as we made adjustments, I feel like we were feeling the adjustments. Whereas at Bristol, we were throwing everything at it and weren't really getting a whole lot of feedback from it."

ON BEING AT 75 CAREER WINS FOR A WHILE NOW:

"It is hell to be stuck on 75 wins huh? (LAUGHS) We have been running good. I feel like we have had a couple of opportunities this year to win races. I am blown away every time I think we have won 75. I think where did all these wins come from. I know what it takes to win and you have to put yourself in position. You have to have the right car the right team, it takes a lot. It is very difficult to win and it gets tougher all the time so we respect that and appreciate that. We are having a great year, and I feel like we are going to win races when the time is right. We do everything right, it is going to work out for us. I am not really caught on the number or that anything or anybody is trying to hold us back. We are just focused on that next win whenever that comes."

ON JOE GIBBS RACING CARS BEING AHEAD OF EVERYONE ON NEW GENERATION RACE CAR DEVELOPMENT:

"I think they are just good teams all the way around and good drivers they have a great combination. I think no matter what car you put out there on the track; they are going to get it figured out. Both Tony (Stewart) and Denny (Hamlin) are good at short tracks. I know Yeley qualified good here today and he is a good short track racer as well. There is no doubt they have their act together, but is it because the figured out the Car of Tomorrow or is it because they are good, with the old car they may have come in and done the same thing."

ON PERFORMANCE OF TOYOTA TEAMS SO FAR:

"I think every body is putting way too much in to throwing money at it and technology and put more effort on the teams. If you look at the teams that are doing good, it is the established teams like Bill Davis, who have established driver, team crew chief relationships and have gone through a lot of things. I think they are able to be a little bit more prepared, especially with this new car because, they are an established team. That is an awful lot to ask these new teams. To come in here and built the current car and the Car of Tomorrow and expect to be competitive in both of them. And you are building Speedway cars for Daytona. I think that there is a lot more in to the fact they are struggling because they are a start up team, that are going to take some time to get rolling, more so than the manufacturer and the make. Once they get in to their groove and they get some things rolling, if they are a good solid team like the teams, like the teams that are up high in the points, running good and winning races, then you will see them have success well."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon