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Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola Lead Thursday Vegas Test Sessions

Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola Lead Thursday Vegas Test Sessions

by March 3, 2016 0 comments

Jimmie Johnson and Aric Almirola were the fastest drivers in each respective test session held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday.

Johnson’s lap of 27.982 seconds led the way in the first session of the day while Almirola’s 27.988 second circuit took the top spot in the second session.

Completing the top-10 on the speed chart in the first session were Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Danica Patrick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Dillon, Blaney, Busch, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin rounded out the top-10 of the final session of the day.

Thursday’s tests provided drivers with an opportunity to test the Sprint Cup Series’s new low-downforce aerodynamic package on the mile-and-a-half oval located in southern Nevada.

In the first session, Joey Logano was fastest over a 10-lap run with an average speed of 187.604 miles per hour. In the second session, Johnson was fastest over such a run with an average speed of 187.325 miles per hour.

The second session was interrupted early after Hamlin wrecked his primary Las Vegas car early into his run. The team later wheeled out its backup car to continue the test.

Friday will feature one 85-minute practice session and qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series. Practice will start at 1:30 p.m ET/10:30 a.m PT and qualifying will start at 7:45 p.m ET/4:45 p.m PT.

Top-10 First Test Session Speeds

  1. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – 27.982
  2. 11 – Denny Hamlin – 28.002
  3. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 28.105
  4. 14 – Brian Vickers – 28.189
  5. 10 – Danica Patrick – 28.241
  6. 2 – Brad Keselowski – 28.258
  7. 18 – Kyle Busch – 28.273
  8. 21 – Ryan Blaney#* – 28.321
  9. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 28.323
  10. 41 – Kurt Busch – 28.324

Top-10 Final Test Session Speeds

  1. 43 – Aric Almirola – 27.988
  2. 3 – Austin Dillon – 28.029
  3. 21 – Ryan Blaney#* – 28.175
  4. 41 – Kurt Busch – 28.216
  5. 16 – Greg Biffle – 28.451
  6. 19 – Carl Edwards – 28.452
  7. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 28.455
  8. 5 – Kasey Kahne – 28.481
  9. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – 28.484
  10. 11 – Denny Hamlin – 28.513

# = Rookie, * = Non-charter driver.

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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