Saturday, September 24, 2011

Johnson and Gordon Fast in Final New Hampshire Practice, But Not The FASTEST

Hendrick duo looks good for Sunday at New Hampshire
After watching the Stewart-Haas teams finish 1-2 in the July New Hampshire race, then seeing the Childress drivers take things up a notch in Sauturday's first practice session, the Hendrick duo of Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon made it be known during happy hour that they are on the same plateau for Sunday's race.

However, it wasn't the Hendrick duo that had the top speeds. They finished second and third fastest.

It was David Stremme, with a lap speed of 130.644 mph, showing the fastest way around New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the final practice session. Not quite sure how he did it, but he took his second lap of his 11 run and made the time stick while in race trim like everyone else.

Gordon was second fastest with a lap speed of 130.416 mph followed by Johnson (130.336), Jeff Burton (130.309) and Kyle Busch (130.269).

Rounding out the top-ten fastest during final practice was pole sitter Ryan Newman (130.126), Kasey Kahne (130.060), Greg Biffle (130.042), Kevin Harvick (129.984) and Paul Menard (129.975).

Johnson, Newman and Kyle Busch had the top three 10-consecutive lap averages.

New Hampshire Practice Speeds

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