Gordon ‘confident’ on chances of advancing
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Jeff Gordon stands in the garage area at New Hamshire Motor Speedway in September 2015.
October 17, 2015
KANSAS CITY—As one of twelve drivers to survive the first round of the Chase, Jeff Gordon’s quest for a fifth title remains alive heading into Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Gordon sits eight points ahead of the Chase cutoff, a cushion obtained by a seventh place finish last Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gordon reviewed his performance Friday in the media center.
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Jeff Gordon practices for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
“Again, I’m very excited about how we performed
under the circumstances last week in Charlotte,” he said to The Racing Experts.
in practice, we didn’t qualify well and yet in the race we constantly improved
and moved forward and didn’t take ourselves out of it. I thought we
fought really hard and ended up eighth.”
Gordon also talked about the confidence he has in his team to advance to the next round of the Chase—even if he doesn’t win a race.
“I know Talladega is one of those things we all look at and go ‘aw man I don’t want to have to go in there having to put up specific numbers because anything can happen at any time,’” he said. “But, I look at the performance we have had on the restrictor plate tracks this year and they have been very strong so that is encouraging there as well. I feel confident we can move to the next round.”
Running 14 laps in first practice, Gordon placed 13th overall, .202 seconds off of practice leader Brad Keselowski.
In qualifying, Gordon placed 18th, tenth and sixth respectively in each of the three rounds of qualifying. Gordon’s sixth place start is his highest starting position in five races.
“We really just made a couple of runs and just kind of getting some baseline information for tomorrow. I felt like we learned some things that helped us for qualifying and we learned some things in qualifying that are going to help us for tomorrow’s practice and get it tuned up for Sunday.”