Jeff Gordon posts quickest lap in final Sprint Cup practice at N.H.

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For the first time all weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, someone else besides Brad Keselowski got to the top of the leaderboard.

With roughly five minutes to go in final Sprint Cup practice for tomorrow’s Sylvania 300, Jeff Gordon popped a lap of 135.357 mph that knocked Keselowski (135.256) off of P1.

Gordon has some work to do to advance from 13th on the grid, but it looks like he’ll have a car capable of getting the job done. Yesterday, he said he felt like he and his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team were capable of stopping Keselowski from claiming his third consecutive win.

Kevin Harvick’s lap of 135.236 mph was good enough for third in the session. Joey Logano was fourth (135.102) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. followed him in fifth (135.054).

The Top 7 speeds belonged to Chase competitors, including Jimmie Johnson in sixth and Matt Kenseth in seventh. Non-Chase competitors Danica Patrick, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray (who will start alongside Keselowski on the front row tomorrow) completed the Top 10.

Five more Chasers – Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, and A.J. Allmendinger – comprised Positions 11-15. Among the other Chasers, Denny Hamlin was 19th, Aric Almirola was 21st, Greg Biffle was 24th, and Carl Edwards was 26th.

Biffle had a rough session in particular as he lost control of his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion off of Turn 2. However, while he slid through the backstretch grass, he avoided the inside wall.

Two other incidents took place in the final practice. Early on, Corey Lajoie sustained damage to his No. 77 Randy Humphrey Racing Ford when he made contact with the wall in Turn 4.

Then, during the final minute of the session, Tony Stewart spun his No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet SS while going through Turn 4. But like Biffle, he was able to avoid a run-in with the wall.

Tomorrow’s main event is scheduled to begin shortly after 2 p.m. ET.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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