Gordon not going quietly

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 13: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Jeff Gordon likely is in total agreement with the poet Dylan Thomas who wrote, “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

From the look of it, Gordon has no intention of making a quiet exit in his final season of full-time racing. With a lap at 196.764 mph, the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led Friday night’s second Sprint Unlimited practice after running sixth fastest in the opening session.

“This was like old-school drafting out there — six or seven cars,” Gordon said during a break in final practice.

The only driver to reach 200 mph in either practice, Kurt Busch topped the speed chart in the opening session with a lap at 200.749 mph.

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