Guess who’s not on Jeff Gordon’s dinner guest list: (Hint, it rhymes with ‘Mad’)


Besides riding a tricycle at Tuesday’s Washington Wizards’ game, Jeff Gordon made the rounds of some media outlets while in our nation’s capital to promote the upcoming season-opening Daytona 500.

Among those stops was at WTTG, Channel 5, a Fox affiliate. Gordon took part in a segment with sportscaster Scott Smith called “Rapid Fire,” where the four-time Sprint Cup champ was asked a series of quick questions followed by equally quick responses.

We have to give Smith credit, he asked a lot of good questions. Among them (and with Gordon’s reply):

* What is Gordon’s favorite pre-race meal? “Salmon and rice before every race, usually brown rice.”

* Gordon’s favorite racetrack? “Bristol. There’s just something about Bristol that’s awesome.”

* Over or under 50 lbs., the weight of the Harley Earl Trophy (for winning the Daytona 500): Gordon said under, but the trophy actually weighs 54 lbs.

* With Gordon being a big San Francisco 49ers fan, he was asked about where the team goes from here now that Jim Harbaugh has left as head coach: “They’re in bad shape. … I’m a big fan. I felt like Harbaugh has been a great contributor to their success. Now I’m anxious like every other 49er fan is to see who can replace him and elevate them back to that championship quality team they were.”

* The driver most likely to get invited to dinner at the Gordon household: “Probably Jimmie Johnson because he’s my neighbor. He lives around the corner from me.”

And then came the best question of the interview. Gordon’s response was no surprise:

* The person least likely to be invited to a Gordon family dinner: “Definitely Brad Keselowski. That was easy.”

Click here to see the entire interview with Gordon.

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Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

THURSDAY PRACTICE: Click here for Day 2 speeds at Indianapolis

COMBINED SPEEDS: Click here for the overall speeds from the first two days

The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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