Jeff Gordon leads second Cup practice at Dover

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Jeff Gordon leads second Cup practice at Dover
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Oct 1, 2016, 3:40 PM

Non-Chase drivers posted the six fastest laps in the second practice for Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway Saturday morning.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Jeff Gordon, who returned to competition in the No. 88 Chevy after a two-race absence, posted the top speed of 160.514mph (22.674mph) before practice was delayed 40 minutes into the session for rain. Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the team for practice and participation in the debrief once the session was called.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (159.610mph), Ryan Newman (159.419mph), Kasey Kahne (159.405mph), Paul Menard (159.011mph) and Clint Bowyer (158.919mph) rounded out the top six.

Kyle Larson, who finished second in the May race, was the top Chaser in practice with a lap of 158.898mph.

“I don’t know if everyone slowed down or not but our lap times seemed pretty good,” Larson said. “The car had good balance. I just have to stay out of trouble tomorrow…we always seem to get to the front at the end of the race and that’s a good thing.”

Kevin Harvick (158.772mph), Carl Edwards (158.765mph), Jamie McMurray (158.541mph), Greg Biffle (158.353mph) and Matt Kenseth (158.311mph) completed the top 12 in single lap speeds. McMurray’s 42 laps were the most completed during the abbreviated session.

Nine drivers qualified for the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average with Paul Menard leading the category with a speed of 157.850mph. Chase Elliott was the top Chaser with a speed (156.379mph) followed by Jeff Gordon (156.039mph), Jamie McMurray (155.803mph), Kyle Busch (155.456mph), Kurt Busch (154.462mph), rookie Ryan Blaney (154.370mph),  David Ragan (153.849mph) and Clint Bowyer (152.675mph).

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 88  Jeff Gordon  Chevrolet 41 22.428     160.514
2 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 26 22.555 0.127 0.127 159.610
3 31  Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 19 22.582 0.154 0.027 159.419
4 5  Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 14 22.584 0.156 0.002 159.405
5 27  Paul Menard  Chevrolet 30 22.640 0.212 0.056 159.011
6 15  Clint Bowyer  Chevrolet 26 22.653 0.225 0.013 158.919
7 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 24 22.656 0.228 0.003 158.898
8 4  Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 15 22.674 0.246 0.018 158.772
9 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 20 22.675 0.247 0.001 158.765
10 1  Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 42 22.707 0.279 0.032 158.541

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