Pocono Rebound For Gordon
July 24, 2006 | 9:43 A.M. EST
It didn't start out well for Gordon, who after qualifying fifth, encountered a lugnut problem on an early race pit stop that dropped him back to 14th in the field.
But staying out on the next round of stops by the leaders gave Gordon back his lost track position and again brought the DuPont Chevrolet to the front of the field.
Gordon was up to second late, but was overtaken by Kurt Busch after the race's final restart for second.
"We didn't need that last caution," Gordon said. "Kurt was a little better than me and I knew Denny was as well. I tried to hold Kurt off but his car was a little better than mine. We were really a third-place car for a good part of the day.
"Steve Letarte did a fantastic job with the strategy of the pit stops. We had some trouble with a lug nut hanging up early in the race. We came from behind a little bit and to come up to third I couldn't be happier. I still don't think we've reached our full potential. I felt like we were going to hit on things during the summer, and we have."
Gordon holds the ninth spot in the NEXTEL Cup Series point standings and, since winning in Sonoma, has put together a string of consistent finishes to help propel him back into the race to make the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup."
Gordon will look to keep the momentum going in two weeks when the series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.