Gordon, Newman, Harvick top speed chart in Thursday’s second of two Sprint Cup tests at Atlanta

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Speeds were down slightly in the second of two Sprint Cup practice sessions Thursday during a test of the new 2015 rules at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Three drivers exceeded 188 mph: Daytona 500 pole-sitter Jeff Gordon was the fastest (188.424 mph), followed Ryan Newman (188.418) and defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick (188.066).

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray (191.549 mph) and Kyle Larson (190.195 mph) were fastest in the first session.

Here’s how all 43 drivers fared in Thursday’s second test session:

1. Jeff Gordon … 188.424 mph … 50 laps
2. Ryan Newman … 188.418 … 45 laps
3. Kevin Harvick … 188.066 … 73 laps
4. Kyle Larson … 187.939 … 51 laps
5. Kasey Kahne … 187.621 … 44 laps
6. Jamie McMurray … 187.449 … 79 laps
7. Matt Kenseth … 187.443 … 43 laps
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 187.310 … 62 laps
9. Carl Edwards … 187.234 … 50 laps
10. Deny Hamlin … 187.120 … 53 laps
11. Jimmie Johnson … 187.108 … 52 laps
12. Greg Biffle … 186.975 … 33 laps
13. Clint Bowyer … 186.918 … 48 laps
14. Danica Patrick … 186.918 … 36 laps
15. AJ Allmendinger … 186.774 … 28 laps
16. Casey Mears … 186.554 … 27 laps
17. Martin Truex Jr. … 186.522 … 21 laps
18. Paul Menard … 186.290 … 50 laps
19. David Ragan … 186.176 … 63 laps
20. Joey Logano … 186.015 … 68 laps
21. Brad Keselowski … 186.003 … 81 laps
22. Brett Moffitt … 185.841 … 44 laps
23. Aric Almirola … 185.816 … 30 laps
24. Justin Allgaier … 185.778 … 25 laps
25. Tony Stewart … 185.623 … 43 laps
26. Regan Smith … 185.536 … 43 laps
27. Sam Hornish Jr. … 185.505 … 56 laps
28. Alex Bowman … 185.307 … 30 laps
29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 185.139 … 53 laps
30. Landon Cassill … 184.831 … 38 laps
31. Austin Dillon … 184.241 … 53 laps
32. Trevor Bayne … 184.168 … 21 laps
33. Reed Sorenson … 183.801 … 23 laps
34. Brian Scott … 183.031 … 47 laps
35. Michael Annett … 182.946 … 21 laps
36. Michael McDowell … 182.597 … 38 laps
37. Joe Nemechek … 183.537 … 17 laps
38. David Gilliland … 181.997 … 27 laps
39. Mike Bliss … 181.943 … 11 laps
40. Cole Whitt … 181.206 … 16 laps
41. Josh Wise … 179.342 … 29 laps
42. Mike Wallace … 177.670 … 22 laps
43. Brendan Gaughan … 177.613 … 46 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:
1. Jeff Gordon … 185.458 mph
2. Kevin Harvick … 185.443
3. Jimmie Johnson … 185.020
4. Kasey Kahne … 184.947
5. Jamie McMurray … 184.323

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Penalty report from Bristol Motor Speedway

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NASCAR has issued three fines to Cup Series crew chiefs for unsecured lug nuts following Saturday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Paul Wolfe, crew chief on Brad Keselowski‘s No. 2 Ford, Alan Gustafson, crew chief on Chase Elliott‘s No. 9 Chevrolet and Michael Bugarewicz, crew chief on Clint Bowyer‘s No. 14 Ford, have each been fined $10,000 for having one unsecured lug nut.

Those fines are in addition to the points penalties against Tyler Reddick‘s Xfinity Series team (10 driver and owner points) for failing pre-qualifying inspection four times.

NASCAR also indefinitely suspended Bayley Currey for violating its substance abuse policy.

Michael McDowell to honor Jimmy Means with Darlington scheme

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Front Row Motorsports is changing things up on its No. 34 Ford for the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway next week (6 p.m. Sept 1 on NBCSN).

After three years of using the same retro Love’s Travel Stops paint scheme, the team will show up in Darlington next weekend with Dockside Logistics as Michael McDowell‘s primary sponsor. With that sponsor comes a tribute to long-time NASCAR owner and former driver Jimmy Means.

McDowell’s car will be made to look like the No. 52 Alka-Seltzer Pontiac Means owned and drove part-time from 1989-91 in the Cup Series.

One of Means’ cars, which was driven by Mike Wallace, is located in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car graveyard.

More: Retro Rundown of Southern 500 paint schemes

Front Row Motorsports was originally known as Means-Jenkins Motorsports, based on a partnership between Means and current FRM team owner Bob Jenkins. Their relationship began with Jenkins sponsoring Means at Bristol with his local Taco Bell franchise, which led Jenkins to a partial ownership of Means’ race team. The team was active for one year before Jenkins separated and founded Front Row Motorsports.

“Throwback weekend at Darlington is one of my favorites of the whole year,” McDowell said in a press release. “It’s fun to recreate some of the most well-known paint schemes throughout the history of our sport. Our owner, Bob Jenkins, has always admired Jimmy Means, and the Alka-Seltzer car is definitely a favorite of his. I’m really excited that we can honor their friendship with our No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford.”

Corey LaJoie to carry ‘Scooby Doo’ paint scheme at Martinsville

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Rut-roh.

Popular cartoon character Scooby Doo will be featured as the theme on Corey LaJoie’s No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford Mustang for the First Data 500 on Oct. 27 at Martinsville Speedway.

Long-time team sponsor Keen Parts/CorvetteParts.net will transform the team’s usual paint scheme to what it’s calling “the Mystery Machine” for the Martinsville race, which will be four days before Halloween.

“Scooby Doo was my favorite cartoon growing up, so when Tom and TJ (team co-sponsors Tom and TJ Keen) asked what I wanted to do for Martinsville, there was no doubt that I wanted to be driving the Mystery Machine,” LaJoie said in a media release. “They always have really cool themes behind their Halloween-weekend schemes and I’m excited to be part of this one and thankful for all that they do for our team.”

For last year’s fall race at Martinsville the team and sponsor combined for a purple and black Peanuts scheme that featured Snoopy and quickly became a much-talked about fan favorite.

“We are super excited to present this paint scheme to Corey to run at Martinsville,” said lTJ Keen. “This cartoon was his favorite as a kid and I bet it still is today. We cannot thank the team enough for letting us do these schemes and we hope you fans will enjoy it.”

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Richard Childress resigns from National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors

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On Monday, Richard Childress submitted his resignation letter as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association and a handful of the organization’s committees, NBC Sports has confirmed.

The resignation came two days after the owner of Richard Childress Racing helped give the command to start engines  for the Cup Series night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was co-sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and the NRA.

“At this time, it is necessary for me to fully focus on my businesses,” Childress said in his letter. “I owe that to my employees, our partners, my family, and myself. Since proudly agreeing to serve on the NRA Board, I have supported the organization and its important mission to preserve and protect our Constitutional rights. But when, as now, I am no longer able to be fully engaged in any commitment I have made, it becomes time for me to step down. I have reached that point in my ability to continue to serve the NRA. As such, I must resign.”

According to the Washington Post, Childress is the sixth member of the Board of Directors to resign since May. The Board of Directors totals more than 70 members.

Childress was elected as the NRA’s second vice president in 2015 and had also served as the first vice president until he stepped down in April of this year.

Childress will retain his NRA membership moving forward.