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Jeff Gordon understands the importance of a solid finish at Talladega.
He also knows what wrecking would do to him and his chase chances.
Gordon was quoted over at SBnation.com as saying:
"(The championship leaders) are thinking, 'We can't afford to get caught up in the big one, and I'm sitting here thinking, 'I can't afford not to be leading laps, running up front and to not win this race.'"
Clearly Gordon has winning on his mind when he gets set for Talladega this Sunday, but what will his plan be as he gets set to try to win the race and keep his chase hopes alive?
"We're going to be more aggressive when it comes to the temperatures we run, but we also know what happened to us at Daytona," Gordon said (via SBnation.com). "That was more from a failure, so we're going to push the limits this weekend. We've seen other teams do it and get to the finish."
Gordon used an aggressive approach to make it into the chase in the first place, coming from 24th in the standings to 12th, just in time for the chase and knocking Kyle Busch out of the wild card spot.
"For us, it's not racing for points, it's about racing for the win and being aggressive," (via SBnation.com).
Gordon knows he needs to place highly in order to keep moving forward in the chase, which is all the more reason to watch for Gordon to be in the running at Talladega.