Phoenix: Jeff Gordon post-race press conference

JEFF GORDON , NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO ON DRIVERS NOT PITTING BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINY OF THE RAIN SITUATION WHEN THEY NORMALLY WOULD PIT "We weren't going to pit no matter what. Anybody who had track position was going to stay...

JEFF GORDON , NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

ON DRIVERS NOT PITTING BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINY OF THE RAIN SITUATION WHEN THEY NORMALLY WOULD PIT

"We weren't going to pit no matter what. Anybody who had track position was going to stay out. The rain just really solidified the fact that we were going to stay out. I don't know what we would have done if we were further back. It just depends on where you were. Track position was so important today. It was so hard to pass. I really knew we were a sitting duck. The No. 8 car was so strong. On that long run when we were leading, I saw him in my mirror coming and I knew I had used up all the tires. I was pretty loose at that point. And there at the end, I wanted it to rain, actually. And then he got underneath me and there was nothing I could do to keep him behind me."

ON KURT BUSCH STAYING IN THE LEAD FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS

"We don't mind chipping away at it. The final outcome is what we're looking for in Homestead. It's tough. I've been in positions where we've been out front pulling away and you just see it being knocked away. It's tough. It's frustrating. They're doing a good job. They're finishing good. They had their troubles last week. But they're racing hard. Today was a 'must finish ahead of those guys' day. We came into the day saying we have to win. But we finished third and we made gains. It was a good day for us. Anything you can do to break the momentum of the guys in front of you is what you want to do."

ON TRYING TO GET THE SET-UP BETTER AT THAT START OF THE RACE

"We were loose again. Again, we started off tight and about 10 laps into it...... Of course it didn't help what happened with me and Harvick. That loosened me up a lot. I just couldn't get it back. I got loose getting in and getting off. We did a ton to tighten that car up and it was still loose at the end of the race. I was happy with the car for the most part, but we still have to get a little bit better at the start of the race."

ON DALE JR'S 25 POINT PENALTY AT THIS POINT

"It doesn't matter what we look at right now. It's really after Homestead. If he looses it by less than 25 points, you guys will have a lot to talk about. Until then, I think it's got to be a forgotten issue. He's got to move on. It doesn't mean we agree with it or disagree with it. I don't know if penalties need to be made in points like that. But if they want to fine somebody, they need to fine somebody. But I hope that one of us wins it by more than 25 points so it's a non-issue - or he wins it. I don't think it needs to draw too much attention and hopefully it won't."

WHAT KIND OF RACING DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS?

"Aggressive, hard racing. On one hand, you've got guy who've got to be careful. I kind of like the position I'm in right now because the No. 97 has to be more cautious than I do. So it's not a bad position to be in. But just like when we let up to Richmond getting into the Chase, it gets intense. Anybody who has a shot at it is going to be on edge and feel more pressure. They're going to be driving aggressive or they're going to be thinking about it too much and make a mistake."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon