JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET ON PREPARING FOR THIS RACE: "We've got a new tire. The speeds change every time we come here. We get more power and more downforce and the new tire. It's all about getting the car to work. It's all about ...
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET
ON PREPARING FOR THIS RACE: "We've got a new tire. The speeds change every time we come here. We get more power and more downforce and the new tire. It's all about getting the car to work. It's all about the corners. I felt like we were a little too tight in practice. We're going to try and clean the car up to get the right balance."
DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER COMING TO A TRACK YOU'VE HAD SUCCESS AT?) "There's not many tracks we haven't run well at. I'm excited about being here at Dover. We ran well here last year. Jimmie ran well here last year. We've got great notes, a good car and a great team right now. I don't think it matters where we were going. If we had to pick, Dover is one (track) we'd like to go to right now."
ON WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND: "We had one bad weekend. We've had so many good ones this year and the team has thrived on that. We missed. If anything it makes you pay attention to the details and make sure we've analyzed every single thing on the car before we race on Sunday. We made some mistakes and we need to make sure they don't happen in the future. We pride ourselves in being able to fight back and get back on top. I'm really good at blocking out what happened last week and the team is as well. I'm very confident we can come here and run good."
DID YOU FIND ANYTHING WITH THE CAR AT THE SHOP: "Nothing major, maybe a few minor things. For the most part we were too loose. We didn't have the ability and time to work on the car to make it better. When we did and got it better, we lost all the track position."
WILL YOU THROW THE CAR AWAY?) "It's the car we won California with, so no. We missed. It happens. It happened to (Dale) Jr. this year as well. You don't get down, you look back at all the great runs you had to get back on track."
ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIS AND JIMMIE JOHNSON'S CAR AT THE COCA COLA 600: "You have to understand how the set ups work. If you don't understand that, then it's easy to say they should be identical every time. We bring the best car we can to the race track. Again, we brought our California car. We knew what everybody had for set up. Based on the way my car was reacting, we put the set up we thought we should. We thought the track would tighten up. I don't think we had any idea we were going to be that far behind at the beginning. Not every weekend Jimmie (Johnson) and I don't run the same set up. He drives a lot different. He uses a lot more brakes. We share notes but we have to be careful in putting the same set up in. His set up was actually looser than mine and in some ways tighter than mine in others. Robbie (Loomis) and I have a great line of communication and the team chemistry is good so we went off of our best guess."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 8 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET
"I think we run real good at this race track. It's trying not to over adjust on the car. We always seem to start out good and run good in the race. We've got some good runs here."
ON SUFFERING AN INJURY HERE LAST YEAR AND IF IT'S ON HIS MIND NOW: "Not at all. I've been knocked out and broke a couple of bones. That stuff doesn't bother you. The first time you ever get knocked out in a race car, the next time you get a little nervous. You get older and more mature and a little more confident so you know what you're doing. It doesn't really bother me."
ON WHERE YOUR TEAM STANDS RIGHT NOW: "You never can tell. You don't know what you are going to get from one week to the next. I feel pretty confident with my ability and the team's ability. We can overcome a couple bad races and be up front in the championship and that's where we are right now."