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Jeff Gordon Fastest Driver in Opening Kansas Practice

Jeff Gordon Fastest Driver in Opening Kansas Practice

by October 3, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  Jeff Gordon paced the opening practice for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Friday afternoon.

Gordon, the inaugural Kansas winner and the defending winner from May, paced the field with a lap of 27.515 seconds in his No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet.

The four-time series champion and last week’s Dover winner ran a lap that was 11-thousandths of a second quicker than second-place Kevin Harvick’s lap just as the 90-minute session came to a close. Two other drivers would run times within one-tenth of Gordon’s time – Greg Biffle (-0.074) and Kyle Larson (-0.098.)

Running below the top-four on the speed chart in the top-10 would be Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aric Almirola, and Ryan Newman. Five of the top-10 drivers are drivers currently competing for the Sprint Cup championship in the Chase.

A notable disappearance from the top-12 of the standings would be the Toyota group. Brian Vickers would lead the charge for Toyota with the 13th-quickest lap of the session while no Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota would run a lap within the top-24 of the session standings.

The opening practice session for the first race of the Contender Round in the Chase would run green the whole way through with no incidents being reported on the track.

Qualifying is up next for the Sprint Cup field and will take place at 5:45 p.m EST (4:45 p.m CST.) ESPN2 will carry television coverage for all three rounds of qualifying.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Hollywood Casino 400

  1. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 27.515 | Leader
  2. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 27.526 | -0.011
  3. 16 – Greg Biffle – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 27.589 | -0.074
  4. 42 – Kyle Larson# – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 27.613 | -0.098
  5. 3 – Austin Dillon# – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 27.617 | -0.102
  6. 1 – Jamie McMurray – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 27.623 | -0.108
  7. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 27.643 | -0.128
  8. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 27.655 | 0.140
  9. 43 – Aric Almirola – Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports – 26.663 | -0.148
  10. 31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 27.669 | -0.154

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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