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Jeff Gordon Paces First Sprint Cup Practice at Martinsville

Jeff Gordon posted a lap time of 19.079 sec. and a speed of 99.251 mph to top the charts in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup practice of the weekend.  Gordon, an eight-time Martinsville winner, could take over the wins lead at the track among active drivers with a victory on Sunday.  He’s currently tied at eight with teammate Jimmie Johnson.  Johnson was 19th on the board in practice.

Rounding out the top 5 in the session were Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray and Brad KeselowskiPaul Menard, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Martin Truex, Jr. filled out the top 10.

Other championship contenders included Ryan Newman (11th), Carl Edwards (12th), and Kevin Harvick (15th).

For complete results from the session, click the link below.

Martinsville Cup Practice 1

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Amy is an 20-year veteran NASCAR writer and a six-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found working on her bi-weekly columns Holding A Pretty Wheel (Tuesdays) and Only Yesterday (Wednesdays). A New Hampshire native whose heart is in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.

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