Temperatures were expected to approach 90 degrees at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Sunday and overheating was anticipated to be an issue.
"This weekend you're going to have to really watch those gauges and pay attention to them and have some more 'gap' between you and the other cars to let that radiator breathe,” said Jeff Gordon, who was 17th in the point standings before Sunday’s race. "At the end of the race, your ultimate goal is to push that other guy as long as you possibly can and cross (the finish line) blowing up the engine."
In 38 starts at the 2.66-mile track, Jeff has had six wins (most among active drivers), two poles, 14 top-fives and 18 top-10s. The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has led 832 laps - 123 more than the nearest active competitor.
"In practice, you'll see cars 'hooked' together to see how long they can run," said Jeff. "So, in the closing laps of the race as wide as the race track is, I think that is what you'll see. That's what we'll work on in practice and see just how it's going to work out.
"So it's going to make the dynamics of the race - the first half to three quarters - very interesting. And the finish will be exciting, too.
"But you've got to survive to get there first."
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