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Gordon and Busch Not Affected by Weather at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2007) – With the second week of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Preseason Thunder completed, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch continued the momentum seen last week with the testing speeds of their Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears at Daytona International Speedway.

Given that Monday’s two scheduled testing sessions were merged into one due to morning rain, Gordon posted the third-fastest lap speed for the day at 184.744 mph.  Busch clocked in at 184.075 mph, placing him 11th in the speed rankings.

Tuesday was another productive day for both Gordon and Busch as they finished fourth and 10th respectively in the morning session.  Gordon, driving the day’s fastest Chevrolet, posted a lap speed of 184.309 mph, while Busch drove his No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet at 183.940 mph.

The afternoon saw improvement for Busch as he increased his speed to a lap of 184.566 mph.  Gordon sealed the fourth spot again, piloting his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet at 186.463 mph.

“I’m very happy with the results of the new car that we built as well as our Shootout car—that was the car that we had all of last year,” Gordon said on Wednesday.  “The speeds were pretty good. We made a couple of qualifying runs.

“The wind really picked up today so it’s kind of hard to really figure out where you’re going to fall with the guys who were here last week and the guys that are here this week, but I felt like we were one of the best here this week. And from what we heard from last week, we were pretty comparable to some of the faster guys there too, so I’m pretty happy.”

Gordon, a three-time Daytona 500 champion, posted the second-fastest speed Wednesday morning with a lap of 184.596 mph.  Busch finished in the sixth position, piloting his car to 183.733 mph.

“The test session went pretty well for us,” Busch said on Wednesday.  “We learned quite a bit for Speedweeks coming up.  Overall, it was a good test session for us.

“We got cut off early today because of the rain, but we ended on a really good note.  We found some of the speed we were looking for all week.  Ending the session that way has the whole Kellogg’s/CARQUEST team looking forward to February.”

Before rain cancelled the rest of the afternoon session, Busch jumped a couple spots and landed the second-fastest lap at 186.765 mph, followed by Gordon in the 10th position with his lap speed of 185.644 mph.