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Scott Sharp, who won last week's race in Texas, and Buddy Lazier, the season points leader, touched cars during the Friday afternoon practice session but escaped unharmed.

"I was racing with some guys and somebody checked up a little," Sharp said. "Buddy and I touched, but there was no damage to either car thankfully.

"My car is awesome, especially in these cooler conditions. I'm really pumped about our race car and really glad we didn't wipe out with that minor touch in (Turn) 3."

Sharp had the 11th fastest lap of the day, 171.666 mph.

Over-A-Cheever: Eddie Cheever Jr. actually drove three cars in Friday's practice sessions.

Driver Tyce Carlson was ill with the flu, and Cheever jumped into Carlson's car and turned several laps to help the crew get the car prepared for Carlson's anticipated return for qualifying on Saturday.

"Tyce asked me to shake his car down," Cheever said. "He isn't feeling well, and we were happy to help him out. I'm sure they would have done the same for anyone on our team."

Carlson's crew said they chose Cheever to practice in the car because he closely fits Carlson's size, and thus the car's brake, gas and clutch pedals did not have to be adjusted. Cheever used the seat from his own car.

In the morning practice session, Cheever ran 53 laps in his own car and 30 in Carlson's. No one else ran more than 58 laps.

In the afternoon session, after crews found a fuel-pressure problem in Cheever's primary car, he ran 41 laps in his backup car.

Pit Stops: Logan Racing has withdrawn from this event. Dr. Jim Logan, a St. Louis chiropractor, made auto-racing history last week in the IRNLS event at Texas Motor Speedway. When driver Billy Roe qualified for that race, Logan became the first black with sole ownership of a team to put a car in the field of an Indy Racing League event.

Team Menard was gathering words of cheer on a sign board for Gary Gooch, the team's truck driver who was diagnosed with bone cancer in January. Gooch is receiving treatment at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will be receiving a bone marrow transplant in early July. His family does not have disability insurance, so Team Menard and Treadway Racing were collecting donations.

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Auto Club 500

@ Auto Club Speedway
Saturday, October 19, 2013
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