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CONCORD, N.C. - Jeff Gordon announced today he's teaming up with Mario Andretti to form a driving school. The school, which will feature both open-wheel and stock cars, will begin operations in August at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Many of the stock cars will be the same cars that have been driven to Victory Lane by Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others. The operation is looking to expand to other tracks in the future. Visit andrettigordon.com for more information.

New Logo, But Still Fast
The car might have a new logo on it, but Ryan Newman's Dodge was once again on top of the speed charts on Friday. Newman led the practice session for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway after posting a time of 28.863 seconds (187.091 mph) on lap 38 of 39.

The Dodge's of Jeremy Mayfield and Rusty Wallace were second and third respectively. Terry Labonte, who is making his fourth start of the season, was fourth at 186.008 mph in the No. 44 Pizza Hut Chevrolet. Greg Biffle rounded out the top-five.

The only major incident of the session was when Bobby Labonte crashed his No. 18 Chevrolet after making contact with the Turn 3 wall. He will go to a backup car.

All-Star Qualifying, which will include three laps and a four-tire change, will begin approximately at 7:10 p.m. (ET) following Open qualifying. Last week's winner at Richmond Kasey Kahne will go out first.

Busch Open Practice Leader
Rookie Kyle Busch paced the practice session for the NEXTEL Open with a fast lap of 188.567 mph in the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet.

Busch bumped his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Brian Vickers' lap of 187.611 mph off the top of the charts late in the session.

Martin Truex Jr. was third fastest in the No. 1 Chevrolet with a lap of 186.722 mph. This is the fourth event start of the season for Truex. He has entered two points paying races at Daytona and Talladega. Truex also finished fourth in the second Gatorade Duel at Daytona.

Last year's Open winner Sterling Marlin was fourth in the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge. Jeff Burton, who ran the most laps in practice at 45, rounded out the top-five.

Qualifying for the NEXTEL Open is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. (ET). Jeff Green will go out first among 28 drivers with Jimmy Spencer slated to go out last. Busch drew the 14th slot.

No Goodbye?
Dale Jarrett said today that he doesn't exactly know why crew chief Mike Ford left and that he has yet to here from him. All Jarrett knows is Ford came into the office on Monday morning and sat down with Robert Yates and Eddie D'Hondt and said he was leaving.

"I wish him the best at whatever it is that will make him happy, and move forward," said Jarrett.

She Said Yes!
Ken Schrader assisted in a wedding proposal in the Lowe's Motor Speedway garage today. After Mark Spiller, a long-time Schrader, made what he calls "a shot in the dark" to meet the driver of the No. 49 Dodge Spiller brought his girlfriend Theresa Krueger to the races this weekend, but she didn't know what was planned. After practice, Schrader gave the couple a tour of the garage area. When they reached the No. 49 garage, Schrader reached inside the car and pulled out a ring and handed it to Spiller. At 3:45 p.m. (ET) Krueger said "yes" as Spiller was on bended knee in front of the Red Baron Dodge.

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