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Press Snoop: Ring around the road course.

JEFF GORDON/#24 Dupont Chevrolet showed Friday that has a more than good chance of winning his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Infineon raceway when he was fastest in 90 degree F weather, with a time of 76.575/93.555 mph. He turned the lap on his sixth of six laps at the 1.99-mile elevated road course in the Northern California wine country.

One of the so-called 'Road Race Ringers,' BORIS SAID/#60 Sobe-No Fear Ford was fourth fastest, behind KURT BUSCH/#2 Miller Lite Dodge and ROBBY GORDON/#7 Menards/Energizer Chevrolet. GREG BIFFLE/#16 National Guard Ford was fifth. Another Ringer, RON FELLOWS/#32 Tide Chevrolet was sixth.

Seventh through tenth were BRIAN VICKERS/#25 GMAC Chevrolet, KEN SCHRADER/#21 Little Debbie Ford, who is also racing in the NASCAR Grant National West Series race here this weekend; JAMIE McMURRAY/#26 Crown Royal Ford; and RYAN NEWMAN/#12 Altel Dodge.

Points leader JIMMY JOHNSON/#48 Lowes Chevrolet was twelfth and 2005 Champion, TONY STEWART/#20 Home Depot Chevrolet was seventeenth after briefly leading at the beginning of the session.

Friday's weather was slightly cooler than Thursday's triple-digit heat. Warm weather racing will be a concern for the drivers as well as crew chiefs, working on setups.

NASCAR racing has coined unique words or phrases to describe its drivers and their activities. Among them are "Double Duty" for drivers running more than one race at a given weekend; Buschwhackers to describe the Nextel Cup drivers who race in the Busch Series, often taking points away from the Busch regulars; and Ringers, used to describe a road racer running the Nextel Cup road course racers. This weekend there are several Ringers running the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Infineon Raceway, the first of two road courses on the Cup schedule.

There are eight drivers this weekend who are considered 'road course ringers' and all have to qualify for the Nextel Cup race based on their time as they do not have the luxury of racing for a team which is in the top 35 Owner Points and guaranteed a starting position. As

They are RON FELLOWS/#32 Tide Chevrolet;DAVE GILLILAND/#72 Dutch Quality Stone Dodge; TOM HUBERT/#27 Chevrolet; P.J. JONES/#4 AERO Exhaust Chevrolet; JOHNNY MILLER/#34 Oak Gloves Chevrolet; SCOTT PRUETT/#40 Coors Light Dodge; BORIS SAID/#60 Sobe-No Fear Ford; and BRIAN SIMO/#61 Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet.

Fellows is fresh from his run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans which he ran last weekend. His factory Corvette was a Magnet for Misery - everything that could happen to it did, but it finished. In the seven years the two factory American Le Mans Corvettes have been running the traditional French sports car endurance race, they have both finished every year. Fellow's teammate was JOHNNY O'CONNELL, who is also racing this weekend, in the factory Cadillac in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT race. He was third overall in a field of 29 entries.



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Jeff Gordon,driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo, wins the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Gatorade Duel 2 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach,FL-2/16/06. ©Dorsey Patrick  (usa)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, holds his daughter, Lydia Sunday, November 22, 2015 before final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson and other Jeff Gordon teammates at Hendrick Motorsports wore tribute hats to honor the retiring Chevy driver prior to the start of the race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to a sixth place finish Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Gordon finishes third in the Chase for the Cup Championship. This was Gordon`s last race as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. He has made 796 consecutive Cup Series starts, earned 93 wins, and 81 poles - all behind the wheel of Chevrolets. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place, and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision finishes in twelfth place Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. This Chevrolet drivers finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the Chase of the Cup Championship. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Former racing driver Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pose during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Crest Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for thirteenth position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick will be joined by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, qualifies for eleventh position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Truex, Jr. will be joined by Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position Friday, November 20, 2015 for Sunday`s Championship 4, the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Gordon will be joined by Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS to compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Sunday will be Gordon`s last race as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, advances to the Championship 4 with his fourteenth place finish Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Truex, Jr. is joined with Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, advances to the Championship 4 with his sixth place finish Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway (renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the day to honor the four-time champion) in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon is joined with Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS  and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, races to victory Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the final round of the Eliminator 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS advances to the Champion 4 with his second place finish. Harvick is joined with Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS to the Sprint Cup Series Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida next Sunday. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series DAV 200 Honoring America`s Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series DAV 200 Honoring America`s Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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