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By Micah Roberts
Posted 03/30/2012 at 06:10 PM

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jeff Gordon thoroughly dominate a weekend practice schedule the way he did Friday in preparation for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In the only two practices of the weekend, Gordon came out on top with the fastest individual lap of each. --------- Gordon not only had the fastest lap of 97.028 mph in the final session, but it was almost 2 mph faster than the second fastest, Kurt Busch (95.937). Brad Keselowski was third fastest (95.728) followed by Ryan Newman (95.550) and a surprising name in the mix, David Stremme (95.463). ----------- For Keselowski, who just won two weeks ago on the half-mile track of Bristol, he ran the second most laps (113) of the session just behind Kyle Busch (116). Busch came in 29th fastest, well off his second fastest run from the early practice. Newman also showed in practice once again that his car is capable of capturing his first Martinsville win. ------------- Jimmie Johnson, who struggled in the earlier session, improved dramatically to 13th fastest but still doesn’t have the look of past No. 48 practices at Martinsville. ---------------- What Jeff Gordon did today is close, or better, to the standard Johnson has set at over the last few seasons at Martinsville. The fact that we rarely see this type of practice out of Gordon should say something about the seven-time Martinsville winner's chances on Sunday. Gordon’s domination in speeds were reminiscent of his practice times from his early years at Sonoma. ------------- Gordon was also fastest in average speeds among all drivers that ran at least 30 laps. Having another good show in this category was Kevin Harvick along with Keselowski, Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer. --------------- For whatever it’s worth, Harvick also had the best 10-consecutive lap average followed by Gordon, Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Earnhardt Jr and Johnson. ---------------- In short track racing with lots of laps being run on a single tank of fuel, I usually throw out the 10-lap averages because it’s not enough data to go off of in the grand scheme of things. 10 laps is hardly enough data to form an opinion like at the bigger tracks. But in this instance, almost all the speeds correlate with the overall averages. ------------- I’m not a fan of any particular driver, but I must say I was excited for Jeff Gordon giving us a blast from the past on Friday. He has easily surpassed Denny Hamlin, who struggled in the final session, as the favorite to win Sunday. It's also encouraging that Junior looks like he has a car that can win and end his 134-race winless streak. Should be a good show! ---------------- Top-5 Practice 2 Speeds 1) Jeff Gordon 97.028 2) Kurt Busch 95.937 3) Brad Keselowski 95.728 4) Ryan Newman 95.550 5) David Stremme 95.463

11/19/2012 at 01:40 PM
Can Keselowski Repeat?

11/17/2012 at 04:56 PM
Top Listed Chassis for Homestead

11/08/2012 at 11:41 PM
Top Listed Chassis for Phoenix

11/03/2012 at 04:57 PM
Keselowski & Johnson 1-2 in points, and 1-2 in Saturday's early practice

10/27/2012 at 08:33 PM
Two Drivers along with Vickers that could fare well at Martinsville

10/20/2012 at 09:48 PM
Top Chassis' for Kansas

10/13/2012 at 06:14 AM
Top-3 Drivers for Charlotte

10/06/2012 at 07:10 PM
Talladega Practice Notes: Nothing to report

09/29/2012 at 10:49 AM
Dover Practice Notes: Kyle and JJ look strong

09/22/2012 at 04:50 PM
New Hampshire Practice Notes: Hamlin Sweeps all three Practices

09/21/2012 at 02:46 PM
New Hampshire Practice Notes: Hamlin Backing up Win Claim, So far

09/14/2012 at 11:04 PM
Chicagoland Practice Notes: Hamlin Dialed In

09/07/2012 at 10:25 PM
Richmond Practice Notes - Edwards came to play

09/01/2012 at 07:13 PM
Atlanta Practice Notes: Kenseth Fastest, Hamlin Still Strongest

09/01/2012 at 04:26 PM
Atlanta Practice Notes: Biffle Fastest, Hamlin Strongest

08/18/2012 at 03:28 PM
Michigan Practice Notes: Biffle Fastest Again in Final Session

08/18/2012 at 03:27 PM
Michigan Practice Notes: Biffle Tops 200 mph in Second Session

08/17/2012 at 03:25 PM
Michigan Practice Notes: Johnson Fastest in First Session

08/11/2012 at 02:52 PM
Watkins Glen Practice Notes: Kyle Busch Fastest in Saturday Make-up Session

08/10/2012 at 06:49 PM
Watkins Glen Practice Notes: Kurt Busch Fastest in Lone Session

08/03/2012 at 06:14 PM
Pocono Practice Notes: Junior Fastest in Final Session

08/03/2012 at 06:12 PM
Pocono Practice Notes: Johnson Fastest in First Session

07/28/2012 at 02:38 PM
Brickyard Practice Notes: Roush Drivers Making Case for First Indy Win

07/28/2012 at 12:43 PM
Brickyard Practice Notes: Kahne and Martin Fastest in First Session

07/27/2012 at 02:43 PM
Brickyard 400 Chassis Selections

07/14/2012 at 01:12 PM
New Hampshire Practice Notes: Hamlin Thoroughly Dominates Both Saturday Sessions

07/14/2012 at 01:10 PM
New Hampshire Practice Notes: Hamlin Very Fast

07/13/2012 at 02:49 PM
New Hampshire Practice Notes: Kyle Busch Fastest

07/05/2012 at 08:53 PM
Daytona Practice Notes: Whole Lots of Nothing Going on in Final Session

07/05/2012 at 07:37 PM
Daytona Practice Notes: Almirola fastest in First Session

06/29/2012 at 04:19 PM
Kentucky Practice Notes: Gordon Fastest, But Earnhardt Jr Most Impressive

06/29/2012 at 01:32 PM
Kentucky Practice Notes: Kyle Busch Fastest in First Session

06/27/2012 at 03:35 PM
NASCAR @ Kentucky: Couple Long shots look good this week

06/23/2012 at 03:32 PM
Sonoma Practice Notes: Gordon Fastest in All Three Sessions

06/22/2012 at 07:08 PM
Sonoma Practice Notes: Gordon Fastest in First Session

06/21/2012 at 10:34 AM
More Parity Than Ever Before at Sonoma

06/20/2012 at 06:26 PM
Notable Sonoma Chassis Selections

06/15/2012 at 06:27 PM
Michigan Practice Notes: Biffle Tops 204 mph in Final Session

06/15/2012 at 03:13 PM
Michigan Practice Notes: Martin Blazing Fast

06/14/2012 at 06:25 PM
Michigan Testing Notes: Stewart, Martin & Junior Look the Best

06/14/2012 at 03:12 PM
Michigan Test Notes from Thursday: Martin Fast Again, Junior Looks Great

06/13/2012 at 01:56 PM
Notable Michigan Chassis Choices

06/08/2012 at 06:59 PM
Pocono 400 Practice Notes: Logano Fastest, Johnson Strong

06/07/2012 at 05:31 PM
Thursday Pocono Testing Notes

06/06/2012 at 05:36 PM
Wednesday Pocono Testing Notes

06/06/2012 at 04:12 PM
Notable Pocono 400 Chassis Selections

06/01/2012 at 05:18 PM
Dover Practice Notes: Gordon Impressive, Almirola Fastest

06/01/2012 at 01:52 PM
Dover Practice Notes: Martin Fastest in First Session

05/26/2012 at 03:51 PM
Coca-Cola 600 Practice Notes: Johnson is Superbad

05/26/2012 at 12:26 PM
Cola-Cola 600 Practice Notes: Hamlin Fastest in Important Second Session

05/25/2012 at 09:57 AM
Notable Charlotte Chassis Selections

05/24/2012 at 07:48 PM
Charlotte Practice Notes: Ambrose Fastest in First Session

05/18/2012 at 04:13 PM
All-Star Practice Notes: Keselowski Looks Strong

05/11/2012 at 03:58 PM
Darlington Practice Notes: Truex Jr and Biffle Look Strongest

05/11/2012 at 01:57 PM
Darlington Practice Notes: Harvick Fast Early and Often in First Session

05/04/2012 at 04:49 PM
Talladega Practice Notes: Almirola Fastest, again, In Final Practice

05/04/2012 at 03:37 PM
Talladega Practice Notes: Almirola fastest, ho-hum...

04/27/2012 at 04:13 PM
Richmond Practice Notes: Junior Fastest in Final Session, Kyle and Clint Look Great

04/27/2012 at 02:33 PM
Richmond Practice Notes: Martin fastest, but Bowyer looks like the Best

04/20/2012 at 06:41 PM
Kansas Practice Notes: Johnson Fastest, Doesn't Hold Back

04/20/2012 at 03:36 PM
Kansas Practice Notes: Kyle Busch Fastest

04/13/2012 at 05:23 PM
Texas Practice Notes: Stewart Struggles, Hamlin, Biffle & Kenseth Look Great

04/12/2012 at 08:02 PM
Texas Practice Notes: Martin Fastest in First Practice Session

03/30/2012 at 06:10 PM
Martinsville Practice Notes: Gordon Fastest in Final Session Too

03/30/2012 at 04:44 PM
Martinsville Practice Notes: Gordon Fastest Lap in First Session

03/30/2012 at 01:45 AM
Notable Martinsville Chassis Selections

03/24/2012 at 06:11 PM
Cal Practice Notes: Hamlin Still Dominant in Final Practice

03/24/2012 at 03:44 PM
Cal Practice Notes: Hamlin fastest in Second Session

03/23/2012 at 05:29 PM
California Practice Notes: Bowyer and Martin Lead the Way

03/22/2012 at 05:10 PM
Notable California Chassis Selections

03/17/2012 at 01:49 PM
Bristol Final Practice Notes: Kyle, Kahne and Kez look good

03/16/2012 at 03:28 PM
Bristol Practice Notes: Edwards Fastest in First Session

03/16/2012 at 01:17 PM
Notable Bristol Chassis Selections

03/10/2012 at 05:22 PM
Las Vegas Happy Hour Notes: Kahne looks to be the best

03/10/2012 at 02:50 PM
Las Vegas Practice Notes: All Hendrick Cars Dialed In

03/08/2012 at 03:10 PM
Top Chassis Coming to Vegas

03/08/2012 at 02:59 PM
Vegas Success Parlays into NASCAR Championships

03/02/2012 at 09:22 PM
Phoenix Final Practice: Kahne Still Looks the Best

03/02/2012 at 04:34 PM
Phoenix First Practice: Stewart top charts, but Kahne looks Best

03/01/2012 at 04:02 PM
Brendan Gaughan using Harvick's winning Coca-Cola 600 car

02/29/2012 at 04:47 PM
Stewart bringing great car to Phoenix

02/17/2012 at 07:51 PM
Kenseth Fastest in First Bud Shootout Practice

10/27/2011 at 02:24 AM
Harvick using great car at Martinsville this week

10/21/2011 at 08:28 PM
Friday's Top Talladega Practice Times

10/08/2011 at 04:27 PM
Kansas Practice Notes

10/08/2011 at 01:35 PM
Top Chassis' for Kansas

09/24/2011 at 06:20 PM
Top Chassis for New Hampshire

09/17/2011 at 08:22 PM
Strange Chicago Practices

09/09/2011 at 05:28 PM
Edwards Fastest in Final Richmond Practice

09/04/2011 at 12:04 PM
Gordon fastest in final practice session; Stewart looks great!

09/02/2011 at 03:22 AM
Driver Chassis Selections for Atlanta

08/26/2011 at 07:11 PM
A few Nice Longshot Possibilities at Bristol Following Practices

08/20/2011 at 01:31 PM
Martin Fastest in Final Michigan Practice, But Menard and Kenseth Look Better

08/19/2011 at 02:35 PM
Roush Stable Has 3 of the top-5 Fastest Speeds in Michigan's First Practice Session

08/13/2011 at 03:27 PM
Driver Quotes from the Top Contenders in Sunday's Watkins Glen race

08/12/2011 at 02:42 PM
Kyle Busch Tops First Practice at the Glen; Montoya and Ambrose Look Strong

08/11/2011 at 07:09 PM
Driver Chassis Selections for Watkins Glen

08/06/2011 at 06:38 PM
Don't Let Hamlin's Poor Pocono Practice Times Scare You Off

07/16/2011 at 02:54 PM
Johnson and Stewart top final New Hampshire Practices

07/15/2011 at 03:45 PM
Bowyer fastest in first New Hampshire practice

06/30/2011 at 03:50 PM
Driver Chassis Selections at Daytona

06/25/2011 at 05:59 PM
Wakefield In Pittsburgh Saturday brings back memories

06/25/2011 at 05:42 PM
Sonoma Final Practice Notes: McMurray Looks Awfully Tough for Sunday

06/02/2011 at 05:01 PM
Driver Chassis Selections for Kansas

06/01/2011 at 02:45 PM
NASCAR Driver Matchups Tough in 2011

05/26/2011 at 04:07 PM
How Will Joplin Native Jamie McMurray Fare at Charlotte This Week?

05/25/2011 at 10:29 AM
A few notes on the Chassis' being used in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

05/15/2011 at 08:36 PM
Awful Baseball Weekend, but NASCAR picked up the Slack

05/13/2011 at 06:36 PM
Kyle Busch Quotes Friday at Dover Regarding Kevin Harvick

05/06/2011 at 03:52 PM
Tough Battle in Baltimore Friday

05/05/2011 at 08:49 PM
Driver Chassis Selections for Darlington

05/04/2011 at 12:39 PM
Rough Tuesday Betting Baseball

04/29/2011 at 02:27 PM
Earnhardt Jr Leads First Richmond Practice

04/29/2011 at 02:21 PM
NFL Draft Was Fun To Watch; Great Players Still Available Throughout

04/24/2011 at 07:23 PM
Week 1 NFL Lines are Up Already

04/17/2011 at 09:53 AM
Short practices weren't enlightening at Talladega

04/13/2011 at 02:52 PM
Restrictor Plate Racing at Talladega

04/09/2011 at 12:29 PM
Texas Practices Not Too Telling

04/07/2011 at 01:24 PM
Texas Practice Schedule a little different

04/02/2011 at 05:29 PM
One way to Keep Johnson & Hamlin from Winning at Martinsville.....

04/01/2011 at 06:01 PM
Martinsville Practice Notes: Kyle Looks Strong!

03/31/2011 at 04:17 PM
Martinsville Notes

03/05/2011 at 08:20 PM
Odds to Win and Matchup Selections posted by 7am (PDT) Sunday

03/05/2011 at 02:42 PM
Edwards, Biffle and Kyle Most Impressive in Final Vegas Practice

03/04/2011 at 08:34 PM
Roush Drivers Run Strong in First Vegas Practice

03/02/2011 at 01:19 PM
Johnson and Kyle Busch Are Using Their Strong Charlotte Chassis' this week

02/27/2011 at 08:26 AM
Waiting For Driver Matchups To Open is Beyond Rediculous

02/25/2011 at 04:30 PM
Kurt Busch Fastest in 1st Phoenix Practice

02/23/2011 at 08:53 PM
First Practice on Friday the Most Critical for Phoenix Wagering

02/23/2011 at 06:34 PM
Newman & Stewart are Bringing Great Cars to Phoenix

02/19/2011 at 06:45 PM
On Paper, Burton, Busch, Bowyer or Harvick Should Win the Daytona 500

02/18/2011 at 03:06 PM
Ho-Hum Friday Daytona Practice - Means Little to Betting Equation

02/17/2011 at 06:48 PM
Plus Money in Matchups pays off in Duels

02/16/2011 at 05:39 PM
Earnhardt Jr Wrecks Pole Sitting car in Practice, using Jeff Gordon's Old Talladega Chassis Now

02/16/2011 at 01:34 PM
Communication is a major factor in the two car draft; Teammates have an edge

02/16/2011 at 12:24 PM
Roush's Head Engine Builder Doug Yates on the Recent Rule Changes

02/15/2011 at 04:08 PM
All four RCR teams using brand new Chassis for the Daytona 500cars

02/15/2011 at 10:51 AM
Jimmie Johnson regarding the new surface heading into the Daytona 500

02/12/2011 at 01:50 PM
Earnhardt Jr discusses his drafting and winning strategy

02/12/2011 at 02:15 AM
Bud Shootout a Great Prelude to Daytona 500