JEFF GORDON , NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd TAKE US THROUGH YOUR QUALIFYING LAP: "I was really happy with the car all day today. We drew an early number and I wasn't sure what that was going to do for us. But if you're going to...
JEFF GORDON , NO. 24 DUPONT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 3rd
TAKE US THROUGH YOUR QUALIFYING LAP:
"I was really happy with the car all day today. We drew an early number and I wasn't sure what that was going to do for us. But if you're going to draw an early number, tonight was a good night for that with the weather conditions being overcast. So I went out there and the car did pretty much what I wanted it to do. I was real happy with the way it turned, and when I got in the gas, it stuck. I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome."
HOW BIG A HOLE IS TONY STEWART IN BY QUALIFYING 40TH?
"It's not good to start back there anywhere, but on a short track like this, it's even tougher. But Tony runs so good here, typically, that it's hard to say that's a hole for him. Just looking at ourselves, I'm just really happy to have a good starting position because of track position and pit stall. So when I look at Tony, that's the hole I see they're in. You don't have that track position. You want to stay out of trouble, and starting back there is certainly not the best place to do that. And you want a good pit stall and he's definitely not going to have that. But I'm sure his car is going to run good."
DID YOUR TEAMS BRING EXTRA PEOPLE TO HELP OUT IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENED?
"I did happen to hear Steve Letarte mention something like that, but I don't know the people's names or anything like that or specifics or whether they were here today or not. They'll be here tomorrow. I did hear conversations about getting the car turned around and back on the track as soon as possible."
ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT THIS RACE THAN ANY OTHER RACE?
'Oh, I was a lot more nervous last year. We were in such a hole and had such pressure on us that basically we had to win the race and lead the most laps in order to make it in. And things weren't going well for the team. We weren't performing where we needed to and momentum just wasn't on our side. This year, we just have more confidence and a better team all the way around. That takes a little bit of the pressure off, but anything can happen. That's the downside. It's all those little things that you don't know about that make you nervous. Performance-wise, as a team, I feel really good about how we've been running and how we'll run tomorrow."
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING A GOOD PIT STALL FOR SATURDAY'S RACE
"That's the thing I'm most pleased with. These are pretty nice pit stalls here. But at short tracks in general, there can be a lot of action in the pits. So anything you can do to get a better pit stall is just one more thing to help you have a better night and maybe help you maintain that track position by maybe getting a clean shot out. Obviously we know which one Denny Hamlin is going to take and we'll see which one Jeff Burton takes and I just know we're going to have an opening, so I'm happy about that."
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