Top Five Good For Gordon

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Jeff Gordon's fifth-place finish in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was a step in the right direction for the four-time series champion and moved him up the ladder in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

After his troubles at Michigan International Speedway the week before, which dropped him three spots in the points, Gordon's fifth place run in Bristol Saturday night helped him maintain his spot inside the top twelve.

"We needed [the finish] pretty bad," said Gordon. "I could have fought a little harder for third and fourth with Denny (Hamlin) and Kevin (Harvick), but just wasn't worth it. We had to come home with a great finish, a top-five."

Gordon started third Saturday in search of his first win of the season and sixth career at Bristol. He wasn't able to meet those goals but ran well all night.

"A great top-five, definitely a great rebound from the last couple weeks," Gordon said. "... real proud. [We] fought hard. We just couldn't get the car freed up enough there at the end and brought it home fifth, so we will take that."

Although pleased with the results, Gordon knew he didn't have enough for eventual winner Carl Edwards or runner-up Kyle Busch, who led 415 laps Saturday night.

"It wasn't the best race car that we put on the race track, but it was a really good race car," Gordon said. "We had good track position through qualifying and great pit stops. Everything really worked out. It was kind of a flawless night in a way.

"We just didn't have the car to go up there and battle for the lead but still had a great car. [It was a] good night for us."

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