"This track is the birthplace of track position," he said. "It is really difficult to pass. Having a good pit selection, having all those things we've had to many times before (helps). Last time we were on the pole here, we led a lot of laps and won. I'm hoping we can duplicate that again."
The rest of the Chase field saw Clint Bowyer start 16th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 17th. Earnhardt is 13th in the Chase standings and was disgusted on the grid after his poor lap.
"The car just hadn't been turning well and the front end is a bit of a handful," he said.
NASCAR would love for the talk of the sport to return to racing and the Chase and not the scandal that rocked the sport. NASCAR took the unprecedented step of adding Gordon as a 13th driver and booted Truex from the field.
Gordon, a four-time champion, was sixth in Chicago and has four straight top-10 finishes to work his way up to seventh in the standings.
"We are in it and we want to show everyone why we are in it," Gordon said. "I think we had the last three races leading into Chicago. We were pretty good, but previously in the season we just have had our struggles. We have had missed opportunities and it's hard to always put your finger on what exactly has caused those things."