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Two-time winner Gordon takes final practice

April 26, 2013, Staff report,

Gordon sneaks to top of leaderboard with just a few minutes left in practice at Richmond International Raceway

RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeff Gordon snatched the top position on the speed charts in final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday afternoon at Richmond International Raceway, laying down a fast lap with just a few minutes left in the 45-minute session.

Gordon, a two-time winner at Richmond who hasn't prevailed on the .75-mile track since 2000, logged just four laps in the practice but saved his best for the last lap, which came in at 126.963 mph in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, was second-fastest at 126.103 in another Chevy.


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Brian Vickers, filling in for the injured Denny Hamlin, was third-fastest in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray completed the top five in the final prep for Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400.

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski was 18th-fastest in the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford. He was one spot ahead of current series points leader Jimmie Johnson, 19th in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.










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