“We never stopped working and trying to get the cars to suit my liking,” Gordon said. “And when the cars are solid and giving me good feedback and I can get aggressive with it, then my confidence goes up. And right now my team has been bringing great race cars to the racetrack, not just in the Chase but about three, four races I think prior to that, we just really started making some gains on some things, and it's shown up week in and week out. I'm having a lot of fun right now.”
Last week, Gordon finished third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Kansas. The four time champion won the pole on Thursday at Charlotte. The 42 year old felt like his qualifying has been up to far this year.
"The thing is it's really hard to maintain your confidence in what you're doing when you're struggling," Gordon said in an interview after winning the pole. "I felt like all year long we have been racing better than we have been qualifying, but that qualifying was a weakness for us and we needed to get better track position. It's hard not to get down when things aren't going well... It's hard to come in here all bubbly and having fun, because honestly it wasn't fun.
Talladega has been good track at time for the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet. He has six career wins at Talladega which is second on the all-time list.
“Over the years, certainly that confidence is built because of our success, but at the same time the cars have changed, packages have changed, how you win at Talladega has changed,” Gordon said. “We were close a couple years ago and hopefully, we can be smart and make some good moves and get ourselves back in a position. All you want at a track like this is to have yourself in a position to be able to make some of those moves and hope that your momentum carries and you get a good finish and maybe even a win.”
Gordon is second all-time in wins at Talladega with six wins and knows what makes Talladega unique compared to other courses is the degree of unpredictability.
“I think that here at Talladega, the only unknown is when that big wreck is going to happen and what’s going to cause it and sometimes it happens when you least expect it, but you can be assured that you get a full group of cars down to the closing laps of this race and it’s going to happen,” Gordon said. “It’s just whether or not you get caught up in it or not. Last time, I was here I got very fortunate, they were slamming and banging and cars flying all over the place and we were able to sneak by on the apron in three and four and come out in second or third.”