Gordon Puts Feud Behind

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Jeff Gordon is ready to forget about the recent controversy with teammate Jimmie Johnson and set his sights on finding Victory Lane in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Gordon made comments about his Hendrick Motorsports teammate's driving style the last two weeks at Texas and Talladega when circumstances brought the two together on the race track. And while Gordon isn't sorry to have voiced his opinion, his intention wasn't to cause a rift inside the team.

“I don’t like to get that stuff going in the media,” Gordon said Friday. “I said what I said and I wouldn’t take it back. But I understand why we had our conversation with Rick, Jimmie and myself this week – to make sure it doesn’t go any further.”

Many view Gordon's outspoken behavior of late as another example of his aggressive nature which seems to be more of his plan of attack in 2010.

"The reason I’ve gotten vocal is just because a little bit of it is we’ve been in position to win and it’s been a little frustrating,” Gordon said. “At Texas, that didn’t have anything to do whether we won or lost that race. At Talladega, I thought it did and that’s why I voiced my opinion.”

Gordon believes he's paid his dues as a veteran driver of the sport and speaking his mind is something his earned.

“I’ve been able to be around long enough to maybe earn a little bit more respect to where maybe I can get away with those kind of things and say what’s really on my mind and show my emotions and what I am feeling,” Gordon said. “There was a point, I felt like in my career, I had to be really careful about doing that because it could be looked at in a negative way. I think that it’s something that is a positive thing for me, as far as showing that.

“But the problem is, it is a fine line when it is your teammate, as well as your friend, and when you look at the whole organization, there’s a fine line between being emotional and it affecting the day-to-day operations of the guys on the team that are in there working, working hard.”

That hard work will continue Saturday night at Gordon tries to end his winless drought that dates back to April of 2009.

"This is a tough track but one I enjoy," Gordon said. "It will come down to being in the right place in the right time at the end and we've been in that position several times this year. It's time for us to capitalize on it with a victory."

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