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Jeff Gordon Tops Friday 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Practice at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevy, lead all drivers in Friday’s first Checker Auto Parts 500 practice with a speed of 133.640 mph.

Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

Three Chase contenders were among the top 10, including Gordon and Johnson; Denny Hamlin was 10th.

Martin Truex Jr., eighth on the leader board, joined Bowyer and Hamlin as the only rookies in the top 10.

Edwards was the only Ford in the top 10, with seven Chevys and two Dodges rounding out the manufacturers represented.


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