March 1st, 2015
Though he had to get a special designation into the Chase, Jeff Gordon is showing it was done with good reason. He and his Hendrick Motorsports team have been playing catch up for most of the season and their performance in the Chase so far shows there’s no quit in them.
“It’s just we don’t ever quit. I think it shows that we’ve made improvements performance wise we’ve gotten a lot better not just since the Chase started, but prior to the Chase we were performing better. Which to me is what helped us get into a position to even have a shot at being in it. We had sporadic good performances earlier in the year, but for the most part we just didn’t have the speed and that has really come together in the last six weeks. I’m really proud of them for that because I’ve been going to the race track and had a lot of fun. We have been leading laps and running up front. At times in position to win races and there is nothing better than doing that and it couldn’t happen at a better time than right now,” Gordon told media members Thursday.
The game plan is simple for the team, control what you can control. If you do that, the results will come.
“I think all we can do is our best to get the best out of our car and our team. We can’t control what our competitors do. We can only control what we do and to me it’s just living up to our full potential. Then just kind of let the chips fall the way they are supposed to or the way they will. We can’t play those scenarios out in our mind because you just don’t know how that is going to happen. You just go out and race as hard as you can and I’m very proud of the effort that we’ve put out,” explained Gordon.
What would help him is to see some of the drivers ahead of him, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson, experience problems like Gordon had at New Hampshire.
“I made a mistake at New Hampshire that cost us. Other than that we have gained on everybody in the Chase except for the top three guys. Those guys have been performing very well. If they don’t have some issues or have a really bad day then nobody is going to catch them. We are not wishing that upon them it’s just we just got to go out and do our jobs and hope that the tracks, like I look at this as one of our weaker tracks. If we can perform well here I think it really puts us in great position to go gain some points at a few other tracks. That is what we are looking at doing right now. We are way ahead of the game right now. We were four weeks ago not in it. Now we are in it and we are up to fifth or tied for fourth. We are pleased with where we are at. We are not going to complain about being where we are at, at all,” commented Gordon.
The Hollywood Casino 400 gets under way Sunday at 2 PM EST, and can be seen on ESPN.