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Jimmie Johnson Carries Texas Momentum to Phoenix First Practice

Jimmie Johnson Carries Texas Momentum to Phoenix First Practice

by November 13, 2015 0 comments

Jimmie Johnson picked up where he left off at Texas Motor Speedway last week by taking the top spot in first practice for Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k at Phoenix International Raceway.

The six-time Sprint Cup champion paced the field with a lap of 25.383 seconds, eight thousandths of a second quicker than second-place Kyle Larson’s time.

Behind the two Chevrolet drivers were Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch on the speed chart.

Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon were the three Chase drivers to fail to break into the top-10 of the session – turning in the respective 11th, 17th and 25th-fastest lap times.

Gordon was the fastest driver of a 10-lap run with an average lap speed of 136.389 miles per hour.

Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart completed the most laps of the session with 38 to each of their credit while Earnhardt Jr. completed the fewest with 12.

Up next for the Sprint Cup Series garage will be qualifying at 6:45 p.m ET / 4:45 p.m MT.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k

  1. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 25.383 | Leader
  2. 42 – Kyle Larson – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 25.391 | -0.008
  3. 41 – Kurt Busch* – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 25.429 | -0.046
  4. 19 – Carl Edwards* – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 25.451 | -0.068
  5. 1 – Jamie McMurray – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 25.475 | -0.092
  6. 4 – Kevin Harvick* – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 25.523 | -0.140
  7. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 25.541 | -0.158
  8. 78 – Martin Truex Jr.* – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 25.559 | -0.176
  9. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 25.570 | -0.187
  10. 18 – Kyle Busch* – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 25.576 | -0.193

* = Chase driver.

Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

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