JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT / NATIONAL GUARD GED PLUS IMPALA SS -- Qualified 2nd: ON THE RACE CAR "It's certainly been good all day. I was pretty pleased with the lap. With the wind gusts and the way it was, I was a played it a little big ...
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT / NATIONAL GUARD GED PLUS IMPALA SS -- Qualified 2nd:
ON THE RACE CAR
"It's certainly been good all day. I was pretty pleased with the lap. With the wind gusts and the way it was, I was a played it a little big conservative to get back to the throttle in (Turns) 3 and 4. We'd been fighting a little bit of a push and it felt like the wind was contributing to it. So, we flew through (Turns) 1 and 2 and still put a really solid lap down. David (Reutimann, pole winner) really put a great (Turns) 3 and 4 together. I thought I put down a pretty good lap. But Matt (Kenseth) and I were talking about it. Even though I did, going early like that, you think a lot of guys are going to beat you. So I am pretty pleased to be on the outside front row. It was another good qualifying effort here at Texas for us. Hopefully we can back that up on Sunday."
THE HENDRICK BRAIN TRUST GOT TOGETHER WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON BEFORE BRISTOL BECAUSE BRISTOL HAD ALWAYS BEEN A THORN IN HIS SIDE. DID YOU DO A SIMILAR STRATEGY BEFORE COMING TO TEXAS?
"No, we approached it just like we always have (by) just looking at all the data from the other teams and what they've run here, and what we've ran in the past, and getting on the seven-post, throwing some things in simulation, and looking at what's been working well for us so far this year. We were in qualifying trim all day today. And we were pretty good here the last time, obviously, sitting on the pole. We were similar to that today. I think what's going to be different is what we put in for the qualifying set-up tomorrow, which will be a lot more like what we've been running on the 1.5-miles.
"We've been running really strong on the 1.5-miles this year and even though this is a unique 1.5-mile, I think, it's one of the more challenging ones, we won't know until we get out there tomorrow. So, yes I guess in a way the brain trust. We're just trying to tap into all of our resources that we have to learn what we can and utilize my driving style in the set-ups and what we learn. We've just learned you can't throw another guy's set-up in there. It just doesn't work."
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