Jimmie Johnson leads Cup Series practice at Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson
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Jimmie Johnson led the field in Friday’s lone Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Johnson turned a lap of 103.152 mph in the No. 48 Chevrolet to top the leaderboard, beating out Kyle Larson in the final minute of practice. Larson recorded the second-fastest lap of 103.088 mph, with William Byron placing third at 102.453 mph to give Chevrolet the top three positions. Toyota drivers Clint Bowyer (102.409) and Matt DiBenedetto (102.401) rounded out the top five in practice.

Friday’s practice marked the first on-track action for the Cup Series since the speedway re-configured the backstretch chicane – making the chicane sharper and more difficult to for drivers to cut through. Drivers Kyle Busch and Joe Nemechek were among the drivers who had difficulty navigating the new chicane, which features raised curbing called “turtles" along the outside of the turn.

Denny Hamlin and Park Kligerman both smacked the wall during Friday’s session, forcing both drivers to backup cars for Sunday’s race. Darrell Wallace, Jr. also spun but only suffered minimal damage to his No. 43 Chevy.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Pos # Driver Sponsor/Make Lap Speed Behind
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 80.968 103.152 —.—
2 42 Kyle Larson (P) Clover Chevrolet 81.018 103.088 -0.05
3 24 William Byron (P) UniFirst Chevrolet 81.52 102.453 -0.552
4 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Rush/Cummins Ford 81.555 102.409 -0.587
5 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota 81.562 102.401 -0.594
6 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 81.717 102.206 -0.749
7 20 Erik Jones (P) Craftsman Toyota 81.837 102.057 -0.869
8 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 81.954 101.911 -0.986
9 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 82.148 101.67 -1.18
10 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Duracell Ford 82.207 101.597 -1.239
11 37 Chris Buescher Velveeta Chevrolet 82.208 101.596 -1.24
12 38 David Ragan Citgard Heavy Duty Engine Oil Ford 82.351 101.42 -1.383
13 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 82.383 101.38 -1.415
14 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford 82.447 101.301 -1.479
15 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford 82.475 101.267 -1.507
16 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 82.685 101.01 -1.717
17 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevrolet 82.85 100.809 -1.882
18 1 Kurt Busch (P) Monster Energy Chevrolet 82.94 100.699 -1.972
19 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 83.165 100.427 -2.197
20 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 83.205 100.379 -2.237
21 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 83.232 100.346 -2.264
22 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Jimmy John's Ford 83.334 100.223 -2.366
23 8 Daniel Hemric # Cat Next Gen Excavators Chevrolet 83.436 100.101 -2.468
24 34 Austin Cindric(i) Love's Travel Stops Ford 83.479 100.049 -2.511
25 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Freight Toyota 83.585 99.922 -2.617
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 83.719 99.762 -2.751
27 43 Bubba Wallace LeithCars.com Chevrolet 83.86 99.595 -2.892
28 6 Ryan Newman (P) Performance Plus Ford 83.963 99.472 -2.995
29 32 Corey LaJoie Samaritan's Feet Ford 84.086 99.327 -3.118
30 3 Austin Dillon Jack Daniel's Chevrolet 84.671 98.641 -3.703
31 51 Cody Ware(i) Jacob Companies Chevrolet 84.752 98.546 -3.784
32 36 Matt Tifft # Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford 84.833 98.452 -3.865
33 *96 Parker Kligerman(i) TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota 85.392 97.808 -4.424
34 0 Landon Cassill(i) Coladka Chevrolet 85.457 97.733 -4.489
35 15 Ross Chastain(i) Empire Auto Group Chevrolet 85.535 97.644 -4.567
36 52 Garrett Smithley(i) Victory Lane/Kendall Oil Ford 86.355 96.717 -5.387
37 *53 Josh Bilicki(i) AQRE.app Chevrolet 86.934 96.073 -5.966
38 77 Reed Sorenson Aquesta Bank Chevrolet 90.845 91.937 -9.877
39 *66 Timmy Hill(i) Duracap Asphalt Toyota 217.263 38.442 -2:16.295

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