Jimmie Johnson fastest in first Cup practice at New Hampshire

Camping World RV Sales 301 - PracticeJimmie Johnson, with a lap speed of 135.313mph, was the quickest early Friday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Kyle Larson, was second quickest with a lap speed of 135.212mph, and they were followed by Jeff Gordon (135.164mph) who was third, while Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick (with the identical lap speed of 135.131mph) were fourth and fifth quickest respectively.

Rounding out the top-ten quickest drivers in the session were Clint Bowyer (134.939mph) who was sixth, Brad Keselowski (134.782) seventh, Brian Vickers (134.758) eighth, Kasey Kahne (134.734) ninth and Kyle Busch (134.696) was tenth.

The teams will return later this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. (ET) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s race. The qualifying track record at NHMS was set last September by Ryan Newman with a lap speed of 136.497mph.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m (ET) and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice will be from 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. (ET).

The 22nd annual Camping World RV Sales 301 is set to get start at approximately 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and TNT ends their television coverage beginning with their 12:00 p.m. (ET) Countdown to Green pre-race show.

Camping World RV Sales 301 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 135.313 28.148 Leader 22
2 42 Kyle Larson # 135.212 28.169 -0.021 30
3 24 Jeff Gordon 135.164 28.179 -0.031 15
4 1 Jamie McMurray 135.131 28.186 -0.038 32
5 4 Kevin Harvick 135.131 28.186 -0.038 30
6 15 Clint Bowyer 134.939 28.226 -0.078 11
7 2 Brad Keselowski 134.782 28.259 -0.111 29
8 55 Brian Vickers 134.758 28.264 -0.116 14
9 5 Kasey Kahne 134.734 28.269 -0.121 26
10 18 Kyle Busch 134.696 28.277 -0.129 21
11 22 Joey Logano 134.648 28.287 -0.139 16
12 27 Paul Menard 134.625 28.292 -0.144 27
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 134.606 28.296 -0.148 23
14 11 Denny Hamlin 134.577 28.302 -0.154 25
15 3 Austin Dillon # 134.511 28.316 -0.168 27
16 31 Ryan Newman 134.506 28.317 -0.169 18
17 47 AJ Allmendinger 134.492 28.320 -0.172 22
18 9 Marcos Ambrose 134.378 28.344 -0.196 23
19 41 Kurt Busch 134.363 28.347 -0.199 20
20 43 Aric Almirola 134.359 28.348 -0.200 20
21 14 Tony Stewart 134.250 28.371 -0.223 32
22 20 Matt Kenseth 133.981 28.428 -0.280 24
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 133.962 28.432 -0.284 21
24 78 Martin Truex Jr. 133.943 28.436 -0.288 25
25 10 Danica Patrick 133.605 28.508 -0.360 22
26 51 Justin Allgaier # 133.600 28.509 -0.361 24
27 34 David Ragan 133.553 28.519 -0.371 28
28 99 Carl Edwards 133.403 28.551 -0.403 23
29 66 Jeff Burton 133.375 28.557 -0.409 11
30 38 David Gilliland 132.789 28.683 -0.535 21
31 23 Alex Bowman # 132.743 28.693 -0.545 27
32 16 Greg Biffle 132.674 28.708 -0.560 20
33 98 Josh Wise 132.577 28.729 -0.581 18
34 26 Cole Whitt # 132.131 28.826 -0.678 22
35 7 Michael Annett # 131.587 28.945 -0.797 33
36 83 Ryan Truex # 131.578 28.947 -0.799 15
37 36 Reed Sorenson 131.410 28.984 -0.836 8
38 13 Casey Mears 130.792 29.121 -0.973 21
39 40 Landon Cassill (i) 129.450 29.423 -1.275 23
40 32 Eddie MacDonald 128.580 29.622 -1.474 43
41 93 Mike Bliss(i) 127.538 29.864 -1.716 5
42 87 Timmy Hill 126.990 29.993 -1.845 4
43 33 Morgan Shespherd (i) 125.674 30.307 -2.159 16

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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