Johnson Fastest in Final Practice at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Jimmie Johnson topped the chart in final Sprint Cup Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway.

The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 48.761 and a speed of 196.386 mph. Matt Kenseth was second in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a time of 48.773 and a speed of 48.773 and a speed of 196.338 mph. Chase Elliott was third in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a time of 48.774 and a speed of 196.334 mph. Carl Edwards was fourth in his No. 19 JGR Toyota with a time of 48.775 and a speed of 196.330 mph. Alex Bowman rounded out the top-five in his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a time of 48.775 and a speed of 196.330 mph.

Kasey Kahne was sixth in his No. 5 HMS Chevrolet. Paul Menard was seventh in his No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Ryan Reed was eighth in his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Kyle Busch was ninth in his No. 18 JGR Toyota. Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-10 in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.


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Denny Hamlin was 11th, Joey Logano was 13th, Kurt Busch was 15th and Austin Dillon was the lowest Chase driver in 16th.

The Cup drivers are back on track tomorrow after the Truck race for qualifying.

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