Gordon Continues Roll

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon: "This is nice to follow up with what we had last week."

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Jeff Gordon turned in his second straight solid outing with a second-place finish in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver followed race winner Brad Keselowski across the finish line and would have been in position to win had the Penske Racing driver run out of fuel in the closing laps.

“We had a good racecar,” Gordon said. “Once we got going, then we were good. Gave us the opportunity to not have to save fuel, keep the pressure on those other guys so couldn't conserve as much.

“The 2 made it. Got a little bit tight at the end. I thought it was going to be a race between me and Mark (Martin). I saw him back there. We had a little bit of a gap. My car was working pretty good right there. Started getting tight. Boy, here he come. We knew it could turn out to come down to a fuel mileage race.”

Although he was disappointed with not getting a second win of the season, Gordon was satisfied with the performance at the “Monster Mile” and the way his team has bounced back from their problems in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

“Still a great finish,” he said. “Come home second. This is nice to follow up with what we had last week. We're running good. We were running good at Chicago when we had the issue. I'm proud of this team. Just taking a few steps in the points each week. We got seven more weeks to get it done.”

Gordon did move up a couple of notches in the standings, but he still finds himself 42 points out of the Chase lead.

He chastised the media for thinking the margin was too big a deficit to overcome.

“Yeah, you guys focus too much on the top guy and not enough on fifth place,” he said in Sunday’s post Dover press conference. “We have to look very realistically at this point. It's only been two weeks since we had our incident in Chicago. We've gained a tremendous amount of points on fifth place, sixth place. We did that again today.”

But Gordon also knows that in order for more ground to be made up, the drivers ahead of him in the standings will need to back down their performances while he continues to run well.

“We're not going to continue this championship against those guys up front if they keep running the way they're running,” he said. “The only way we're going to get a chance at them is if they have a problem like we had. I think our focus is top fives, try to win. If we keep running like this, we'll get the wins. We can't control what the other guys do, we can only control what we do.

“To me, the only thing that's frustrating is what happened to us at Chicago. Other than that, looking at the points, it doesn't even phase us.”

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