JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO Note: Gordon was sidelined in an accident on lap 65 "Well, Todd Bodine got sideways. I don't know if he had help or what, but we shouldn't have been back there in all that stuff anyway. We were ...
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
Note: Gordon was sidelined in an accident on lap 65
"Well, Todd Bodine got sideways. I don't know if he had help or what, but we shouldn't have been back there in all that stuff anyway. We were really struggling. We couldn't pass anybody. We were just trying to bide our time and make adjustments and get to the end and have the car in once piece, but it didn't work out. As soon as he turned sideways somebody got me from behind and turned me sideways" Note: Gordon rejoined the race on lap 174.
WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE CAR?
"It started out real, real tight. And then it got real loose. We were bouncing back and forth between loose and tight. This place changes a lot throughout the day and I think we were set-up more for what it's going to be like later in the day and we were just trying to hold our own and make some adjustments and wait for it to come to us."
IS THERE EVER A TIME WHEN YOU CAN AFFORD TO HAVE A DAY LIKE TODAY?: "There is. But then you look at what happened today with Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin one-two up there. That was a huge day for them and a devastating day for us. We've got some tracks coming up that we can do some good things at, but we've got to qualify better and we've got to get up there and really put some pressure on. We haven't done that."
ON GOING TO KANSAS NEXT WEEK: "I'm looking forward to that. I think we'll have a shot there. We've got some improvements to the car and the engine for when we go there. Basically we have to have a good finish there. If we don't have a good finish there, it's definitely done. There's still a lot of flip-flopping that can go on (in the points). But I think we need to have a strong finish at Kansas to stay in it."
ON HIS CREW: "That's why we're where we're at and why we're in the thick of the points battle all year long. It's because of how good they are when we're under pressure and when we have problems. They got us back out there today and we made up some points."
ON JIMMIE JOHNSON'S WIN: "I'm so excited for him and the whole No.48 team. To sweep both Dover races shows what a great combination they have. It was a great day in the points. It's a bittersweet day for me because I'm pretty upset with the way we finished. But I'm really happy with the way they ran and the way they finished today."
TONY CARDAMONE, JACKMAN, NO. 4 KODAK CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
Note provided by team: Cardamone was hit by the car as skinner entered the pits for a scheduled stop on lap 239. He rolled across the hood of the Chevrolet, but continued with the pit stop. He has no injuries. The car entered the pits in 13th position, but dropped to 27th on exit.
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