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Cup - Martinsville - Friday practice

Jeff Gordon topped both Friday Sprint Cup practice sessions at Martinsville Speedway with remarkably consistent times of 19.512s and 19.516s respectively.
Jeff Gordon's practice 1 and 2 times were jaw-droppingly similar on the two 90-minute practice sessions at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway ahead of Sunday afternoon's Goody's Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

His practice 1 time of 19.512s (97.048 mph) was just 0.018s faster than Kyle Busch, while his 19.516s (97.028 mph) time in practice 2 was a good two tenths faster than Kyle's brother Kurt.

Gordon has seven wins in 38 career starts at Martinsville, but was still moved to dub his current #24 as the best car he's ever driven here.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 11:40 am ET Saturday with the race scheduled for 1pm ET on Sunday. There is no Nationwide Series race this week, but the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is due to run the Kroger 250, the second race of the 2012 championship, on Saturday afternoon.

Practice 2

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 19.516s (Leader) 97.028 mph
2. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 19.738s (-0.222) 95.937 mph
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 19.781s (-0.265) 95.728 mph
4. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19.818s (-0.302) 95.549 mph
5. #30 David Stremme Toyota 19.836s (-0.320) 95.463 mph
6. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 19.844s (-0.328) 95.424 mph
7. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 19.848s (-0.332) 95.405 mph
8. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 19.894s (-0.378) 95.185 mph
9. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 19.899s (-0.383) 95.161 mph
10. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 19.900s (-0.384) 95.156 mph
11. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 19.930s (-0.414) 95.012 mph
12. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 19.936s (-0.420) 94.984 mph
13. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 19.937s (-0.421) 94.979 mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19.941s (-0.425) 94.960 mph
15. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19.951s (-0.435) 94.912 mph
16. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19.965s (-0.449) 94.846 mph
17. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19.969s (-0.453) 94.827 mph
18. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 19.980s (-0.464) 94.775 mph
19. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19.992s (-0.476) 94.718 mph
20. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 19.994s (-0.478) 94.708 mph
21. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 19.996s (-0.480) 94.699 mph
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 19.999s (-0.483) 94.685 mph
23. #52 Scott Speed Toyota 19.999s (-0.483) 94.685 mph
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 20.012s (-0.496) 94.623 mph
25. #34 David Ragan Ford 20.017s (-0.501) 94.600 mph
26. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 20.027s (-0.511) 94.552 mph
27. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 20.044s (-0.528) 94.472 mph
28. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 20.044s (-0.528) 94.472 mph
29. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 20.056s (-0.540) 94.416 mph
30. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 20.064s (-0.548) 94.378 mph
31. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 20.073s (-0.557) 94.336 mph
32. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 20.076s (-0.560) 94.322 mph
33. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 20.079s (-0.563) 94.308 mph
34. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 20.096s (-0.580) 94.228 mph
35. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 20.097s (-0.581) 94.223 mph
36. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 20.132s (-0.616) 94.059 mph
37. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 20.143s (-0.627) 94.008 mph
38. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 20.146s (-0.630) 93.994 mph
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 20.166s (-0.650) 93.901 mph
40. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 20.199s (-0.683) 93.747 mph
41. #37 Tony Raines Ford 20.207s (-0.691) 93.710 mph
42. #33 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet 20.220s (-0.704) 93.650 mph
43. #38 David Gilliland Ford 20.233s (-0.717) 93.590 mph
44. #13 Casey Mears Ford 20.317s (-0.801) 93.203 mph
45. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 20.344s (-0.828) 93.079 mph
46. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 20.382s (-0.866) 92.906 mph

Practice 1

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 19.512s (Leader) 97.048 mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19.530s (-0.018) 96.959 mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 19.555s (-0.043) 96.835 mph
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 19.585s (-0.073) 96.686 mph
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19.648s (-0.136) 96.376 mph
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19.651s (-0.139) 96.362 mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 19.656s (-0.144) 96.337 mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 19.657s (-0.145) 96.332 mph
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19.674s (-0.162) 96.249 mph
10. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 19.680s (-0.168) 96.219 mph
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 19.686s (-0.174) 96.190 mph
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19.691s (-0.179) 96.166 mph
13. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 19.702s (-0.190) 96.112 mph
14. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 19.718s (-0.206) 96.034 mph
15. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 19.726s (-0.214) 95.995 mph
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 19.762s (-0.250) 95.820 mph
17. #13 Casey Mears Ford 19.763s (-0.251) 95.815 mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 19.768s (-0.256) 95.791 mph
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 19.785s (-0.273) 95.709 mph
20. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 19.790s (-0.278) 95.685 mph
21. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 19.791s (-0.279) 95.680 mph
22. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 19.797s (-0.285) 95.651 mph
23. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 19.802s (-0.290) 95.627 mph
24. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 19.805s (-0.293) 95.612 mph
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 19.810s (-0.298) 95.588 mph
26. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 19.826s (-0.314) 95.511 mph
27. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 19.860s (-0.348) 95.347 mph
28. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19.879s (-0.367) 95.256 mph
29. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 19.886s (-0.374) 95.223 mph
30. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 19.891s (-0.379) 95.199 mph
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 19.900s (-0.388) 95.156 mph
32. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 19.902s (-0.390) 95.146 mph
33. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 19.918s (-0.406) 95.070 mph
34. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 19.922s (-0.410) 95.051 mph
35. #30 David Stremme Toyota 19.925s (-0.413) 95.036 mph
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 19.934s (-0.422) 94.993 mph
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 19.974s (-0.462) 94.803 mph
38. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19.990s (-0.478) 94.727 mph
39. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 20.029s (-0.517) 94.543 mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 20.036s (-0.524) 94.510 mph
41. #52 Scott Speed Toyota 20.061s (-0.549) 94.392 mph
42. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 20.088s (-0.576) 94.265 mph
43. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 20.092s (-0.580) 94.246 mph
44. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 20.173s (-0.661) 93.868 mph
45. #37 Tony Raines Ford 20.251s (-0.739) 93.507 mph
46. #33 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet 20.516s (-1.004) 92.299 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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