Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest time in Friday's early Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway with two days to go before the season-opening Daytona 500.
Johnson and his team put their backup car through its paces running 24 laps in the no. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, turning in a fast lap of 194.083 mph. Johnson's primary car was junked in a last-lap crash in Thursday's night's second Can-Am Duel qualifying race.
Only 13 drivers took to the track in the opening session. Denny Hamlin was second with a lap of 193.861 mph. Daytona 500 pole sitter Chase Elliott (193.216), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (192.653 mph) and Kasey Kahne (192.505) rounded out the top five.