Johnson leads first Sprint Cup test session at Las Vegas

Jimmie-JohnsonEarly Thursday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) held their first (of two) 2016 Kobalt 400 test/practice session, and it was Jimmie Johnson – with a lap speed of 192.981 MPH, showing the fastest way around the speedway.

2016 NSCS Daytona 500 winner, Denny Hamlin, was second quickest with a lap speed of 192.843 MPH, and he was followed by Matt Kenseth (192.137 MPH) who was third, Brian Vickers (191.564) fourth and Danica Patrick (191.211) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Brad Keselowski (191.096 MPH) who was sixth, Kyle Busch (190.995) seventh, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Ryan Blaney (190.671) eighth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (190.658) ninth and Kurt Busch (190.651) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed.

The teams will have their final test/practice session later this afternoon from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET No TV Coverage, and then return on Friday for their first regular practice from 1:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s event will be on Friday at 7:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and it was last year that Jeff Gordon – with a qualifying lap speed of 194.679 MPH – set the new series LVMS qualifying track record.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a session from 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The 14th annual Kobalt 400 is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.

Las Vegas First Test Session Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 192.981 27.982 Leader 18
2 11 Denny Hamlin 192.843 28.002 -0.020 31
3 20 Matt Kenseth 192.137 28.105 -0.123 33
4 14 Brian Vickers 191.564 28.189 -0.207 44
5 10 Danica Patrick 191.211 28.241 -0.259 29
6 2 Brad Keselowski 191.096 28.258 -0.276 32
7 18 Kyle Busch 190.995 28.273 -0.291 39
8 21 Ryan Blaney # 190.671 28.321 -0.339 44
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 190.658 28.323 -0.341 19
10 41 Kurt Busch 190.651 28.324 -0.342 22
11 22 Joey Logano 190.564 28.337 -0.355 41
12 4 Kevin Harvick 190.215 28.389 -0.407 26
13 42 Kyle Larson 189.947 28.429 -0.447 41
14 19 Carl Edwards 189.873 28.440 -0.458 35
15 3 Austin Dillon 189.640 28.475 -0.493 18
16 47 AJ Allmendinger 189.587 28.483 -0.501 39
17 5 Kasey Kahne 189.281 28.529 -0.547 41
18 16 Greg Biffle 189.261 28.532 -0.550 28
19 31 Ryan Newman 189.043 28.565 -0.583 23
20 24 Chase Elliott # 188.851 28.594 -0.612 45
21 78 Martin Truex Jr. 188.580 28.635 -0.653 17
22 27 Paul Menard 188.508 28.646 -0.664 34
23 13 Casey Mears 188.219 28.690 -0.708 28
24 34 Chris Bueshcher # 187.963 28.729 -0.747 35
25 43 Aric Almirola 187.911 28.737 -0.755 25
26 6 Trevor Bayne 187.898 28.739 -0.757 25
27 1 Jamie McMurray 187.617 28.782 -0.800 17
28 44 Brian Scott # 186.871 28.897 -0.915 35
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 186.735 28.918 -0.936 18
30 7 Regan Smith 186.143 29.010 -1.028 23
31 38 Landon Cassill 185.446 29.119 -1.137 14
32 15 Clint Bowyer 185.319 29.139 -1.157 12
33 46 Michael Annett 182.642 29.566 -1.584 28
34 98 Cole Whitt 181.733 29.714 -1.732 3
35 83 Matt Dibenedetto 181.446 29.761 -1.779 4
36 23 David Ragan 181.409 29.767 -1.785 9
37 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 180.536 29.911 -1.929 20
38 95 Michael McDowell 180.536 29.911 -1.929 7
39 30 Josh Wise 0.000 0.000 27.982 0

# – Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 22 Joey Logano 24 33 187.604 Leader Leader
2 5 Kasey Kahne 15 24 187.236 -0.368 -0.368
3 47 AJ Allmendinger 22 31 186.755 -0.849 -0.481
4 16 Greg Biffle 15 24 186.629 -0.975 -0.126
5 14 Brian Vickers 10 19 185.800 -1.804 -0.829
6 21 Ryan Blaney # 26 35 185.643 -1.961 -0.157
7 24 Chase Elliott # 32 41 185.388 -2.216 -0.255
8 44 Brian Scott # 22 31 184.819 -2.785 -0.569
9 46 Michael Annett 1 10 179.885 -7.719 -4.934
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

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