Now that he's eligible for the championship, Gordon likes his chances, especially given the 10 tracks that make up the Chase.
"We have 10 or at least eight, I'd say, good racetracks that are in the Chase that I really like, that we run well at, and it starts right here in Chicago," Gordon said. "This is a good track for us. We qualified well (sixth for Sunday's GEICO 400, the first Chase race).
"New Hampshire is a great track for us. Martinsville is a great track for us. Obviously, Homestead is a great track. We ran great in Charlotte. I mean, I would say Kansas and Phoenix are the two that are probably on our radar that we need to do better at. Texas is another good track for us.
"So I'm excited. I know we haven't shown it yet this year, but this team is ready to show it now. So I think that the one thing is, when you get yourself in this position, you want to show the world and our racing community -- the ones that support us and the ones that didn't -- that we belong here, and there's a reason why we're in this thing."
One driver who wasn't thrilled with Gordon's addition to the Chase was Martin Truex Jr., who lost his Chase spot Monday after he and the organization that fields his cars, Michael Waltrip Racing, were penalized heavily by NASCAR for attempted manipulation of the outcome at Richmond.
A 50-point penalty to Truex, assessed before the Chase field was set, elevated Ryan Newman into the Chase as the second wild card and knocked Truex out of that spot.
"I'm not even sure what to say at this point, to be honest with you," Truex said Friday, after learning of Gordon's inclusion in the Chase field. "I'm kind of at a loss for words ... how they make a spot for somebody ...
"They kick me out to make a spot for somebody, and then they don't do the same for the other guys. It's just unfair -- and nothing I can do about it."
Truex and Gordon do share one thing. They both have incentive to perform over the next 10 races. Interestingly, Truex led the first Sprint Cup practice session Saturday with a lap at 182.383 mph. Who was second? Gordon at 182.328 mph.