Watkins Glen: Robby Gordon, Boris Said post-race interview

Tony Stewart wins....Robby Gordon and Boris Said Round Out Podium Sirius at the Glen ROBBY GORDON , NO. 7 JIM BEAM CHEVROLET: ON THE PASSING HE HAD TO MAKE "We went from 39th to first in 22 laps. I ran hard and then the goal was to take it...

Tony Stewart wins....Robby Gordon and Boris Said Round Out Podium Sirius at the Glen

ROBBY GORDON , NO. 7 JIM BEAM CHEVROLET:

ON THE PASSING HE HAD TO MAKE

"We went from 39th to first in 22 laps. I ran hard and then the goal was to take it easy in the middle half of the race and then I got hung out on that caution and had to run hard again from 30th all the way up. It was a decent run for us but not the run we wanted. But second place is a good points day for the Jim Beam Chevrolet. Our goal now is to get in the top 35 in points so when we show up for Daytona we don't have any worries."

BORIS SAID , NO. 36 CENTRIX CHEVROLET:

ON HIS DAY

"It was a really good run. It felt pretty good to be in second. I didn't want to see that last caution. On that last restart, Tony kind of bogged me down a bit and Robby got a run. He made a clean pass. There was a little bit of contact, but that was good racing. I'm pretty happy in third. It seems like I finally got the monkey off my back. It seems like I've always run fast enough for the top three, but something always happens. This is good payback for Centrix. When you start back in 41st, this was a long way to go."

WHERE WAS TONY STEWART BEATING EVERYBODY?

GORDON: "He had track position. When you have track position it's a lot easier to run wide open through the esses. Guys in second get aero push a little bit and it's enough that you have to crack the throttle. I don't know if he was beating everybody on lap time. I feel pretty confident that we could match his lap time. We just didn't have enough time to get there. Those last three starts, he kind of did to me what he did to Boris the time before and jabbed the brakes right at the last second and got me checked up and then he took off. That was the difference in him winning the race probably."

YOU MUST BE SATISFIED WITH YOUR PROGRESS

"Thanks. We're trying to prove all you media wrong who said I couldn't do it. We're getting closer week in and week out. This is our best result, but we've run inside the top 10 quite a bit and had some engine failures. Menard is making some big gains on their motors. We ran it hard today and it was a good run for us."

WHEN THE LEADER STABS THE BRAKES AND TAKES OFF, IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT OR WOULD YOU DO THAT?

GORDON: "Well, we're race car drivers so I'm going to say we're going to do it. You do everything you can to sucker your competition. I thought I was ready for it because he did it one time and got me going and then he did it again and he caught me on the second time."

ON HIS FORMER BAD LUCK AT THE GLEN

SAID: "I've always run good here, I've just had bad luck whether qualifying gets rained and I've gone home two of the last four years because of that. In the races I've run good but had motors blow up or had some contact near the end of the race. So to finally get a good clean run -- especially coming from the back -- it's a good feeling. I love this place. Maybe they could add a few more road courses to the schedule."

AS AN OWNER, WHAT DO YOU TELL YOUR DRIVER ABOUT HIS PERFORMANCE TODAY?

GORDON: "He didn't win. He came here to win. So he's probably on rocky ground right now.

ARE YOU GOING TO LET HIM SLIDE ONE MORE WEEK?

GORDON: "It depends on how his attitude is on Monday (laughs)."

HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT NOT TO BE ABLE TO GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE A MOVE ON STEWART?

GORDON: "Well, he flat beat us. What more can you say? He's leading in the points and got to start first and just beat us. We did everything we could to beat him, but it wasn't enough today. We'll be back for next year's races."

ON GOING TO MICHIGAN NEXT WEEK

GORDON: "I look forward to Michigan. We qualified 8th there. We sat on the pole for a long time there and got beat toward the end of the day in qualifying. We were running fifth when we lost a coil. I thought the second half of the season our team would really come into play and hopefully this will jump-start us."

HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE ZONE LIKE TONY STEWART IS RIGHT NOW?

SAID: "I've never won five out of seven races, so I don't know. Maybe in TransAm, but there, you're really not racing against anybody. What he's doing is just unbelievable. I think I'm going to go home and buy a used hearse and drive it around. Maybe that's the ticket (laughs)"

GORDON: "Yeah, he's got his confidence up. Obviously the communication between he and Zippy is working really well. It's going to be tough to beat him. These guys are going to have to really go to work if they're going to beat him for the championship in the last 10 races. Yeah, I just bought a Cadillac three weeks ago and it didn't help me."

EVEN THOUGH YOU GOT PUSHED TO THE BACK BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, DID YOU THINK YOU COULD FINISH THE WAY YOU DID TODAY?

GORDON: "We came from the back in the Busch race yesterday. That builds our confidence and shows we can do it. The hardest part is getting by everybody clean and not damaging your fenders and having a race car to race them later on. It's easy to get caught up in wrecks when you're in the back."

WITH AS FAST AS THE NO. 20 CAR WAS TODAY WITH WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT ROAD RACING, IF YOU'D BEEN DRIVING IT, WOULD IT HAVE BEEN UGLY?

SAID: "I think my car was just as good as his car. I don't think it was any better. I have Hendrick motors and there is no better out there. My car was just as fast. He just had track position. You just kind of burn your car down a little bit coming from the back. I had a little damage with P.J. Jones. No, I don't want his car. I like the color of my car better anyway."

ON HIS DETOUR THROUGH THE GRASS

GORDON: "I was trying to pass in the grass. I was trying to get by somebody and it didn't work out. I didn't concern me at all because we went straight through the grass and there weren't any dips or bumps or anything like that."

DOES THE TRACK RACE BETTER SINCE THE CHANGES?

GORDON: "I don't know what it's done as far as race-ability. It's made it easier for two cars to get through the chicane is probably the only thing. But it's the same race track. The changes in Turn 1 have prevented us from having more cautions where we have to take cars out of the sand. But it's a great race track to pass. It's easier to pass than Sonoma."

WILL THIS TRACK BE GOOD FOR IRL RACING?

GORDON: "I haven't driving the IRL spec cars but it should be good. If they're going to use the whole course, it would be great. It would be a lot of fun. Maybe they should add a few foam barriers or something down there in Turn 1 in front of the wall. They're going to be going down in Turn 1 at 200 mph or something. I think there's enough room. That's the only place that really bothers me."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Boris Said , Robby Gordon , P.J. Jones , Jim Beam