Alan Gustafson: “we have to 
fine tune, perfect our program”

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Jeff Gordon celebrates his 90th career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

By Kenneth Ferguson
July 31, 2014



For Jeff Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson, the focus for the No. 24 team is this year’s Chase for the Cup.  

Following the team’s win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past Sunday, Jeff Gordon and company officially clinched a playoff berth.

“It's a nice change over where we'd been the last couple years,” Gustafson said to the media Wednesday, knowing his team will participate in the 16-team Chase. “Not having to sweat our way into the Chase, we're in solidly, and we can focus on performing well in those last 10.

Gordon completed the drive for five Indianapolis wins on Sunday and now will aim to complete the drive for five championships.  His last championship win came in 2001.

The win was Gustafson’s first win at Indianapolis and 17th as a Sprint Cup crew chief.

“To me, it's my biggest accomplishment; it's my biggest win in the series,” Gustafson said. “[It] can never be taken away. It's something you'll always cherish.”

The No. 24 team has been consistent all year, holding the point lead a majority of the season. 20 races into 2014, Gordon’s average finish of 9.2 is the best among the competition.

Gustafson was noted as cool and collected from atop the pit box until Gordon captured the lead with 16 laps to go.

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Jeff Gordon celebrates his first win of 2014 by burning out at Kansas in May.

“If we have cars like that, we've got to win those races; we did that on Sunday,” Gustafson said.

Gustafson also told the media he looks forward to every track on the schedule and the unique challenges presented. When asked about Sunday’s race at Pocono, Gustafson said he’s ready for the challenge.

“I like the track [and] the challenge,” Gustafson said. “I like the strategy challenge there. It's another track, like any, that you've got to be perfect on your strategy. If you're not, you won't be able to win.”


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