By: Brian Smith
Only four drivers in the history of NASCAR have ever won 10 races at the same track. Jimmie Johnson has the opportunity to join that group this weekend at Dover International Speedway, and he is off to a good start.
Johnson ran a lap of 163.867 MPH in Friday’s first practice session for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, which eclipsed Denny Hamlin by just over three hundredths of a second. Hamlin’s fast lap of 163.532 was second quickest, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., David Ragan and Kyle Busch.
Points leader Kevin Harvick, who won this race a year ago, was eighth-fastest in the session. Second-place points runner Martin Truex, Jr., whose only career win is here at Dover, was 10th-fastest.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series cars will qualify for Sunday’s race later Friday afternoon, and have two more practice sessions scheduled for Saturday.