Gordon, Keselowski take Cup practices
September 06, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, attempting to race his way into this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, led Friday’s practice session at Richmond International Raceway.
The Penske Racing driver’s best lap of 127.083 mph was nearly two mph faster that than of Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing), who was No. 2 on the board at 125.821.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were third and fourth, while four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon was fifth.
Completing the top 10 were Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick.
The Federated Auto Parts 400, race No. 26 on the season, is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:30 ET (ABC).
Regan Smith, subbing for five-time champ Jimmie Johnson, was 11th in the two-hour session. Johnson remains in Charlotte, N.C., where his wife gave birth to the couple’s second child earlier this morning. Johnson, the series’ points leader, will start at the rear of the field due to the driver change.
In the day’s final 45-minute practice, Gordon was fastest at 127.292 mph as teams made the switch from race to qualifying setups.
Kyle Busch, Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., and Jeff Burton completed the top five.
Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin were sixth through 10th, respectively. Smith was 22nd.