Gordon talks qualifying, outlook on Pocono race
By Dominic Aragon
July 31, 2016
LONG POND, Pa.—Starting 24th in the Pennsylvania 400, four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will continue his fill-in role in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 at Pocono Raceway Sunday.
The race Sunday will be Gordon’s second in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car and his second start of the 2016 season.
In the first round of qualifying Friday at Pocono, Gordon posted the 23rd fastest speed in round one. Completing three laps in the round, Gordon advanced to round two, posting the 24th fastest time in the session.
Gordon talked with The Racing Experts about what held him back from advancing to the third round.
“Yeah, I was a little bit too tight over the Tunnel [Turn],” he said. “Didn’t help that I didn’t get the most out of the car the first run out in the first round and so we had to go out a second time to advance, and that just took a little bit speed out of the car that third time we went out.”
Gordon’s 24th starting position will be his lowest starting position at the track since the August 2012 race at the track, his most recent win at the track.
“We didn’t qualify as good as I would have liked to have, but this is a track where you can move up through there through strategy and getting some good runs on guys on restarts and things.”