LOUDON, N.H. — staff report — Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America photo — Jeff Gordon paced the final practice on Saturday for the Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver posted a high speed of 135.357 mph, ousting Brad Keselowski as the leader.
Keselowski has been on a hot streak recently, coming off back-to-back wins at Richmond and Chicagoland, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader topped the first two Cup practices and won the Coors Light Pole Award for tomorrow’s Sylvania 300. The Team Penske driver was fastest in the first two practice sessions, but came up short to Gordon in the final one with a speed of 135.256 mph.
Completing the top-five were Kevin Harvick (135.236 mph), Joey Logano (135.102 mph) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (135.054 mph).
Danica Patrick (134.944 mph), Paul Menard (134.887 mph) and Jamie McMurray (134.815 mph) were the only three drivers in the top 10 who are not Chase contenders. The three finished practice eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
Carl Edwards was the slowest Chase driver with a speed of 133.736 mph. Edwards was 26th-fastest in the final session.
Tony Stewart spun in the last few seconds of practice, but did not sustain any damage. The No. 14 driver finished practice 16th-fastest (134.397 mph).
The Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 will run Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN.