Gordon Drives More Fives
July 13, 2010 | 9:04 A.M. EST
Gordon's third-place run was his ninth top-five finish of the season and drew him closer to points leader Kevin Harvick in the championship standings after Saturday's 19th race of the season.
"We tried to tighten it up; we just didn't tighten up our DuPont Chevy enough," Gordon said of his run at the 1.5-mile track. "When the sun went down, we were really good. Had good grip but we fought loose off all night. Then we started fighting loose-in, loose-off condition.
"But all-in-all, it was a great effort by the whole team. We have to give David Reutimann (race winner) a lot of credit. Hats off to him. Great job and I'm happy for those guys. We just came up a little bit short."
Gordon led the race twice for 47 laps and at times looked like he had the dominant car of the night.
"You know to be able to get up there at different times and at times it looked like our Dupont Chevy was the car to beat but I knew David was really, really strong and we got the lead that one time and he ran us down and I knew we were in a little bit of trouble," Gordon said. "We made some adjustments in that last pit stop but unfortunately it didn't go the right way for us so we fell back to third."
Gordon took advantage of Kevin Harvick's misfortune Saturday night to move a bit closer to the top of the series point standings. But the four-time champion knows at this point of the season, and with seven races left before the start of the Chase, it's all about winning.
"We are trying some new and different things, trying to get to victory lane, trying to get ourselves ready for the Chase so to come out here with a third-place finish and have a solid car like that all night is something that we are all very happy with," he said.
"You know right now it is more about the wins and those bonus points than anything else. We are pretty solid in the points but you can never be solid enough so happy to make some gains there but it is all about the wins for us until we get in that Chase."
Currently, Gordon is immersed in a career-long winless drought. It has now been 48 races since his last victory.
"At times we've had the car, for whatever reasons, blame it on me, blame it on incidents, I don't like to point fingers, but we haven't gotten to Victory Lane," he said of the drought. "We're very optimistic. We got a great package going to Indy. We've been working really, really hard on everything that we can to find speed. We think we've got some things up our sleeve for Indy. But I'm sure that's what a lot of guys out there are thinking. It's a place where everybody goes all out and have been probably on their seven-posts and their simulation, wind tunnel and everything else from the Pocono race on to try to get what it's going to take to win at Indy."