"This is a great run for us, and I feel like this team has really turned things around," Gordon said. "I see the chemistry really coming along. Pocono is a place where there's long straightaways, so you have to have a good motor. You've got to have a good aero package, but there's corners, not really the same as Indianapolis, buy maybe kind of similar. I think if there's any place you can compare to Indy, it's Pocono. I think this is somewhat of a preview."
Gordon returned to his old form today. He stayed among the front-runners all day, but a broken transmission that didn't have fourth gear kept him out of contention for the win at the end. It looked as though Gordon would finish in 4th place, but when leader Jeremy Mayfield's right front tire went flat in the second turn of the last lap, Gordon was able to get past his slower car. Rusty Wallace, who was in second, eventually won, and Dale Jarrett finished in 4th spot. Mayfield finished in 5th even with a blown tire.
Jeff Gordon moved up two positions to 8th in the standings, 307 points behind leader Bobby Labonte.