“Well, we have nothing to lose,” Gordon said. “We’re sitting here fourth in points. We came into (the Chase) 13th. We’re sitting here in great position and everything is a bonus from here on out for us. We’re certainly more in the mode of we’re not probably on eggshells like the other guys are that are ahead if us in the points and have everything to lose.”
Gordon said his strategy for Sunday’s race will depend where he qualifies today. During practice had the
“I think some of it comes down to where we qualified,” Gordon said. “So. We’ll get through tomorrow. Obviously, coming into this race, strategy is to keep you out of that big one or keep you out of trouble the best possible way that you can do that. I think we recognize where we are in the points and that this could be the turning point for us that we need to come out here with a pretty solid finish and make up some of those points that we’re behind right now and that is a track that we can do it at. We know there are other tracks where that can happen; it can happen anywhere.”
Gordon said his love/hate relationship with Talladega is due to the drivers not having control of their destiny on the 2.66 tri-oval track.
“All of us as teams and drivers want to go as into a race track, where we feel like we can tune the care to make it go faster than our competitors; and that’s as a driver, that u can give the information to the team to help the car go faster,” Gordon said. “And that’s just the case here. So that’s a little bit frustrating the only time you come here. But as the same time, you do have to work the draft. You have to pick the right lane. And there are still skill sets that pay off here at these types of tracks, but less than others. That creates from frustration. It is very easy it get shuffled out of the draft, which can cause some frustration. “
The six time winner at Talladega does expect his fellow drivers competition in the Chase to help him in the draft.
“I don’t expect anybody to help us,” Gordon said. “And I don’t go into it planning to help anybody. If that materializes throughout the race, and I think that it’s going to be something that can help me and it happen to help them out, then absolutely I’ll do it. But at this moment, I can’t say that I’ve discussed working with anybody or anybody working with me.”
Gordon said he learned a lot from his battles with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt .
“Trust me, it’s not the only time I’ve ever seen that,” Gordon said. “I prided myself on trying to learn from it over the years when I was racing with him, to be able to do that myself and he was the master at it and he was a teacher as week as the greatest executer of it. He just knew how to work the air. Those times have changed a little bit. It’s a bit harder to make this things materialize as much as they used to, but it still can be done. You still use that air to side draft and get momentum and get big pushes, but you just get stalled out a lot easier now.”