CLICK: Full practice 1 results from Martinsville
Jeff Gordon was the fastest man on track in the first 80-minute NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway on Friday afternoon.
Gordon is the defending race winner of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. The Hendrick Motorsports driver's fastest lap time of 19.079s (99.251mph) put him one hundredth of a second faster than fellow Chase contender Joey Logano.
In total, all eight of the remaining Chase contenders heading into the third phase of the play-offs, dubbed the Eliminator 8 Round, were in the top 15 places at the end of the session.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin was third fastest, with Logano's Penske team mate Brad Keselowski taking up fifth place. Matt Kenseth finished in seventh spot in the second JGR car while Ryan Newman was 11th in the Richard Childress Racing #31. Carl Edwards was 12th fastest in the session, while Kevin Harvick was 15th in the Stewart-Haas Racing #4.
While there were no incidents for any of the eight still in the running for the title, there was a caution early in the session for a spin involving the #51 HScott Motorsports car driven by Justin Allgaier.
Jamie McMurray also brushed the wall lightly in the #1 Chip Ganassi Racing car but he escaped with minimal damage and without drawing out the yellows. McMurray went on to finish the session with the fourth fastest time, making him the fastest non-Chase contender on the timesheets when the chequered flag was shown.
It was the only practice session for the Cup field on Friday before qualifying, which will take place at 4.40pm local time (9.40pm BST) following two Camping World Truck Series practices. This weekend's Cup race is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm (5.30pm GMT).
The NASCAR Nationwide Series is still on break and won't be in action this weekend. The next race for the second-tier championship will be next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
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