"We've had some struggles here during the championship Chase on pit road, but to come back from what we did and start from where we did and end up [fifth] is a good day," he said.
"We'll definitely learn," Johnson said. "To a certain degree being on top for as long as we have been takes a lot of effort to maintain that. It just takes a lot out of you. So this winter will be a nice winter to unplug and relax and really look internally and dissect the different areas of the race team and what we do and come back stronger. I've always learned more from tougher moments and by no means is this a tough moment. Yes, the streak is gone but we've still got a shot at a top-five in points and that would be a big year still."
"What an unbelievable turn of events," he said. "We worked our butts off all race trying to get track position and just couldn't cash our ticket in late in the race. We knew that track position and two-tire strategy were going to be keys and it almost paid off for us. [Crew chief] Steve [Addington] made the great call for two left sides under caution around Lap 220. That got us out front, but we may not have packed the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge full of fuel. We're not exactly sure, but it certainly appears that way."
"We knew we were out of it, but you want to close the season out on a positive note and carry some momentum into the offseason," said Gordon, who finished 32nd. "It hasn't been our Chase at all and not the kind of year we wanted or the way we wanted to close out the year. This is a very good team and we've got a lot to look forward to in the future."