Jimmie Johnson leads the first practice session of the Chase

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Jimmie Johnson leads the first practice session of the Chase
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 16, 2016, 11:54 PM

NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ran an abbreviated practice session on Friday after rain compressed activities at Chicagoland Speedway.

Earlier in the afternoon, NASCAR cancelled qualifying for Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 so teams concentrated solely on race set up.

Jimmie Johnson, who is still looking for his first win at the 1.5-mile track nestled in Joliet, Ill., led the initial practice session with a lap of 183.780mph (29.383-sec).

Carl Edwards (183.299mph), Denny Hamlin (182.927mph), Brad Keselowski (182.655mph) and Chase Elliott (182.568mph) rounded out the top five in single-lap runs.

Elliott also completed the most laps of anyone at 48, followed by Hamlin at 44.

Alex Bowman, who is filling in for the sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., broke up the Chase contenders with the sixth fastest speed (182.285mph). As he was coming to pit road following the one-hour session, he spun out coming off of Turn 4. Martin Truex Jr. (182.106mph) was seventh quick followed by Kyle Larson (182.045mph), Ryan Blaney (182.045mph) and Kyle Busch, who rolls off first on Sunday since he’s the top seed in the Chase.

Other Chasers included Austin Dillon (11th), Kevin Harvick (12th), Matt Kenseth (13th), Kurt Busch (15th), Joey Logano (17th), Tony Stewart (20th), Jamie McMurray (21st) and Chris Buescher (33rd).

Johnson again led the way in ten-lap averages at 180.909mph, followed by Truex, Dillon, Hamlin, and non-Chaser Paul Menard.

Ty Dillon subbed for Regan Smith in the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy for Regan Smith, who flew back to North Carolina to await the birth of his second child.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 39 29.383     183.780
2 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 31 29.460 0.077 0.077 183.299
3 11  Denny Hamlin  Toyota 44 29.520 0.137 0.060 182.927
4 2  Brad Keselowski  Ford 33 29.564 0.181 0.044 182.655
5 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 48 29.578 0.195 0.014 182.568
6 88  Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 34 29.624 0.241 0.046 182.285
7 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 35 29.653 0.270 0.029 182.106
8 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 31 29.663 0.280 0.010 182.045
9 21  Ryan Blaney  Ford 29 29.663 0.280 0.000 182.045
10 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 13 29.672 0.289 0.009 181.990

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Chicagoland
Location Chicagoland Speedway
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report