Friday, September 9, 2011

Jeff Gordon Fastest in First Richmond Practice Session

Gordon and Johnson finish 1-2 in Friday's practice (Getty)
Fresh off his Tuesday win in Atlanta, Jeff Gordon ran the fastest lap during Friday's first practice session at Richmond with a lap speed of 126.292 mph. Gordon captured the top speed while in qualifying trim within the first 10 minutes of the two hour session.

Most all of the teams used qualifying set-ups in the early stages to try and get the top speed because this session will determine the qualifying order later today. 

Gordon’s fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate and current series points leader, Jimmie Johnson, was second fastest with a lap speed of 125.962 mph, and was followed by Casey Mears (125.927), Clint Bowyer (125.921) and A.J. Allmendinger (125.611).

Rounding out the top-ten fastest during practice were Carl Edwards (125.570), David Reutimann (125.523), Jeff Burton (125.290), Brad Keselowski and Mark Martin (125.261).

The top-10 fastest speeds were all relatively unchanged after the first 20 minutes of practice as teams ran the bulk of the session in race trim.

The final practice for the teams is set to run from 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT) with qualifying at 5:35 PM (EDT) this evening.

Richmond Practice 1 Speeds

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