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03/05/2017

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INDIANAPOLIS --?Jeff Gordon tried to have fun in his first practice session Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his first laps in a race car since last November when he thought he had hung up his fire suit for good. Boomer Esiason Bengals Jersey .But he couldnt have fun. The four-time Sprint Cup champion had to focus on his new job as a substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is out battling concussion-like symptoms.Im trying to have fun, said Gordon, who was an analyst for the 18-race Fox Sports portion of the schedule. But I take it too serious to have fun right now. ... Ive enjoyed what Ive been doing, which has been a challenge of its own and one Ive enjoyed.The first run out there, I realized why. The intensity level is high [in the garage]. My heart hasnt beat like that in a while. Its an awesome experience. I want to take it in to the fullest.Gordon, ninth in the first practice session, said his goal is to not screw it up, and his team will need to work on the balance of the car. He said he felt he was doing the best he could do, but it is difficult to get back in the car after eight months.In the second practice session of the day, Gordon finished in 25th place.?When you get to drive a race car like this it certainly just helps you focus on what you need to do out there. Being out of the car that long and not really having a lot of experience with this package it was a tall task, I will be honest. It was one of the most challenging days Ive had in a race car to try to get comfortable, be consistent, have the speed and give good feedback, Gordon said.?One thing he did make sure to do: Gordon and the team asked that the speedway take down the placard over his garage that had Gordons name on it. They want it to say Dale Earnhardt Jr., which is consistent with the name across the windshield and above the door.Im honored to be driving Dales car, Gordon said. I really am. ... We made a conscious decision this is Dales car. Im here until he gets back and I hope thats soon. We want everything to be respectful of him.The desire to please his business partner and friend Rick Hendrick is what got Gordon to come out of retirement.With 93 career victories, including five in the Brickyard 400, Gordon will go for another win Sunday as he replaces?Earnhardt, who is battling balance issues and nausea likely related to concussions. Gordon, an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports will also replace Earnhardt next week at Pocono.[Hendrick] has never asked me for many things that I can contribute and help that werent valid and werent something I was proud to be able to do, Gordon said Friday before practice at IMS. This is just me helping out the organization.Well see what happens on Sunday. If were out there having fun and putting a good result together, I can tell you whats in it for me is to make that team proud and not let them down. Thats what I did as a race car driver.Gordon has scrambled to get prepared to race since arriving Tuesday night from a vacation in France. He needed the NASCAR-mandated physical and drug test.He had to meet with the team to get his seat and steering wheel as well as do other minor tweaks to the car for his preference. He took information from past Hendrick tests at Indianapolis to put data into a Chevrolet simulator in North Carolina that could mimic how the car should feel while racing at Indianapolis.That process itself was really interesting and exciting and fun and gotten me pretty fired up to get in the car and feel what its like to be in there, Gordon said.I was at the GM simulator yesterday morning. If were racing simulators, I feel like Ive got a shot at winning this race.Because he spent the first 18 race weekends of this season working as an analyst, he was unable to fill in for the injured Tony Stewart at the Daytona 500, Gordon said Friday.Gordon would not commit to any races beyond Pocono, refusing to speculate on when Earnhardt might return.My goal is to come here and give this team the best effort that I can and give them the best result -- hopefully a good one, Gordon said.Coincidentally, Gordon was scheduled to drive the pace car for the race Sunday. Now hell compete.I didnt even have to think twice about it, Gordon said. When Rick calls, he has that confidence in me and asks me to step up and do something for the organization, whether it was driver or other responsibilities, the way he has been there for me, the way this team and organization has been there for me over the years.I didnt anticipate this. This is certainly the last thing I thought was going to happen.It isnt rare for drivers who have retired from full-time racing to do select races or return in a substitute role. Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, who has announced that this would be his last Sprint Cup season, said he never had thoughts about being a substitute driver for one of the four cars he co-owns until watching what Gordon is doing this week.Well talk about it Im sure at some point, but Im definitely open to this scenario if it were to happen down the road and we needed somebody, Stewart said. I definitely would be open to doing what Jeff is doing this weekend.By racing this weekend, Gordon could impact when he gets inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For drivers with under 30 years of NASCAR racing and under age 55, they must be retired for two full years before being nominated. NASCAR has not decided whether Gordon will be eligible as if he retired at the end of the 2015 or the 2016 season.Im in no hurry, Gordon said. I mean first of all, I think there are plenty of big names and personalities in our sport that belong in that Hall of Fame. Im not even thinking about that right now.When that day comes its going to be a very proud moment and right now Im just living life and taking what comes at me next and this was a curveball. Tyler Boyd Bengals Jersey .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. Jake Fisher Bengals Jersey .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. http://www.bengalsauthoritystore.com/Authentic-Cedric-Ogbuehi-Bengals-Jersey/ . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human.DENVER -- Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic formed a productive partnership on the ice during their playing days, leading the Colorado Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles. Now, Avalanche fans are hoping theyre reunited again to steer the foundering franchise back to the glory days. According to reports, the Hall of Fame goaltender could possibly be in line to become the next coach. Roys younger brother, Stephane Roy, posted a Facebook note late Monday night saying his brother would be the new coach. Stephane Roy later told The Denver Post: "Theyre discussing the final details of an arrangement." The organization remains silent on the report, saying in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Avs, "wont comment on any speculation on this issue." Fans in the Mile High City are enthralled by the thought of two of the most beloved players in team history joining forces again to lead team. The Avalanche fired Joe Sacco on April 28 after a season in which the squad finished last in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. Soon after, the team shook up the front office, with Josh Kroenke taking over the reigns as team president from Pierre Lacroix, the architect behind the Cup-winning teams in 1996 and 2001. Kroenkes first order of business was promoting Sakic from a largely ceremonial role with the franchise to executive vice-president of hockey operations, giving the Hall of Famer a say in just about everything, including the new coach. Sakic may just turn to a familiar face in Roy, who retired in 2003 aas the all-time winningest goalie with 551 victories, a mark that has since been surpassed by Martin Brodeur of New Jersey. Anthony Munoz Bengals Jersey. Roy began his career with Montreal, winning two Stanley Cup trophies for the Canadiens. But things began to sour in a game against Detroit on Dec. 2, 1995, when Roy allowed nine goals before he was finally taken out in the second period. Roy was so irate he told Montreal it was his last game for the team. Four days later, he was dealt to Colorado. A few months later, Roy helped the Avs capture their first Stanley Cup. He spent parts of eight seasons with Colorado and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006. His familiar No. 33 sweater was retired by the Avs a decade ago and a banner to commemorate the achievement now hangs from the Pepsi Center rafters, alongside those of Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21) and Ray Bourque (77). Sakic recently said he wants his new leader to offer a teaching component, especially since the Avs have a young nucleus in place with Matt Duchene, Ryan OReilly and captain Gabriel Landeskog all under 23. They also have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. "You want to have some patience, because your best players are young," Sakic said. A fierce competitor on the ice, Roy could bring that same type of demeanour to the bench, even if he doesnt have NHL coaching experience. Since his retirement, Roy has been keeping busy by helping out the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Hes served as the teams co-owner, general manager and coach. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '