NSCS: Still Fast; Daytona 500 Polesitter Jeff Gordon Leads Way in Opening Friday Practice

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Report by Race Chaser Online West Coast Correspondent Ryan O’Hara — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo —

 Jeff Gordon, a three-time Daytona 500 champion and the polesitter for Sunday’s 57th running of the Great American Race, paced Friday’s opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway.

The session was a one hour, 25-minute block in which 14 cars took laps following Thursday night’s Budweiser Duels.

Gordon’s No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet showed speed right of the bat. His top speed of 193.079 mph was enough to hold off Michael Waltrip, a two-time winner of the 500, who was second at 192.485 mph in his No.55 Aaron’s Toyota.

Martin Truex Jr. led 28 laps in the Sprint Unlimited, despite leading only one lap in all of 2014. Finishing fifth in his Duel race yesterday evening, Truex was third quickest overall (192.345 mph). Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski (192.279 mph) and Joey Logano (192.258 mph) rounded out the top five.

Sprint Unlimited winner Matt Kenseth ran nine laps and was seventh quickest at 191.951 mph.

Another hour and 25 minute session is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Eastern, with coverage on Fox Sports 1. 


RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Daytona 500 Practice No. 6; Daytona International Speedway; Feb. 20, 2015

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Michael Waltrip
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Trevor Bayne
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Casey Mears
  13. Michael Annett
  14. A.J. Allmendinger

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