Gordon goes fastest at Daytona

Reigning Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon topped the second day of pre-season testing at the Florida superspeedway as lap speeds continued to increase

Gordon goes fastest at Daytona

Gordon, who has been running up front since testing began on Monday, posted a lap of 188.466mph on Tuesday afternoon, already going faster than last year's pole speed.

Dale Jarrett took pole last year for last year's race with a lap of 188.312mph.

After last season's 11th place finish in the Nextel Cup, Gordon's number 24 Hendrick Motorsport entry has been restructured, former crew chief Robbie Loomis leaving for Petty Enterprises, and Steve Letarte promoted from within the team as his replacement.

"We're definitely going through some changes in the off season," Gordon said, "and I think they are all positive ones that just build around Steve as the leader of this team and given me the cars that I need and us and all around the best effort to go out there and win races and championships.

"I don't think that we're there today, but I think by the time the Chase comes around, I think that we will be."

Veteran Bill Elliott, who had topped the first day of testing on Monday, continued to show his pace by posting the second fastest time with a speed of 188.025mph.

Elliott Sadler was the best runner in the new Ford Fusion, coming in third ahead of Gordon's Hendrick Motorsport teammate Jimmie Johnson. Johnson has only used one car so far this week, and will switch to his spare car for the last day of testing.

After two days of single car practice, the final day of the three-day test will focus on multi-car drafting.

Only drivers whose cars finished in odd-numbered owner points positions are eligible to participate in this first three-day session, with the rest taking part at the same time next week.

Tuesday morning speeds:

Pos Driver Car Speed 1. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 186.966 2. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 186.734 3. Mike Mclaughlin Chevrolet 186.382 4. Bill Elliott Chevrolet 186.374 5. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 186.047 6. Jeff Fuller Chevrolet 185.613 7. Elliott Sadler Ford 185.533 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 185.372 9. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 185.338 10. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 185.235 11. Matt Kenseth Ford 185.094 12. Reed Sorenson Dodge 184.961 13. Mike Skinner Dodge 184.668 14. Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 184.627 15. Kasey Kahne Dodge 184.532 16. Ken Schrader Ford 184.490 17. Ryan Newman Dodge 184.305 18. David Stremme Dodge 183.696 19. Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 182.778 20. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 182.249 

Tuesday afternoon speeds:

Pos Driver Car Speed 1. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 188.466 2. Bill Elliott Chevrolet 188.025 3. Elliott Sadler Ford 187.594 4. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 187.582 5. Matt Kenseth Ford 186.982 6. Mike Mclaughlin Chevrolet 186.614 7. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 186.521 8. Bobby Labonte Dodge 186.070 9. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 185.935 10. Jeff Fuller Chevrolet 185.468 11. Reed Sorenson Dodge 185.166 12. Ken Schrader Ford 185.018 13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 184.805 14. Kasey Kahne Dodge 184.657 15. Mike Skinner Dodge 184.566 16. Ryan Newman Dodge 184.479 17. Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 184.411 18. David Stremme Dodge 183.404 19. Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 183.020 20. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 182.934 

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