NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers Jamie McMurray and Robby Gordon tested tires today at Atlanta Motor Speedway, finishing a two-day test for Goodyear.
After a slow start to yesterday's session, McMurray, driving the same unnumbered car he drove yesterday, laid down the fast lap today with a circuit of 177.69 mph (31.20 seconds). Robby Gordon drove his yellow No. 7 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a lap of 176.22 mph (31.46 seconds).
With the new testing rules NASCAR has imposed this year, drivers covet the opportunity to gain extra time on the track.
"Every year we get more competitive," Gordon said. "We collect our own data in-house and with NASCAR restricting the tests this year, we get the same number as everyone else. That has leveled the playing field a lot."
To see McMurray, Gordon and the stars of the NEXTEL Cup series battle for 500 miles in the Bass Pro Shops 500, call (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for ticket information.