Jimmie Johnson tops Kansas Happy Hour

Jimmie Johnson spoiled Brad Keselowski’s perfect weekend after posting the top speed in Happy Hour at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.

Johnson’s top lap of 188.983 mph (28.574-sec.) came on his sixth of 38 circuits. He also posted the Best Consecutive 10 Lap Average of 185.34 mph and was second in the Best Consecutive 5 Lap Average category. 

Keselowski, who led the first two practices and will start from the pole for the Hollywood Casino 400, was second quick with a lap of 188.930 mph. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Denny Hamlin (188.765 mph) and Matt Kenseth (187.944 mph) were third and fourth fastest, respectively. 

Joey Logano posted the fifth best time (28.767-seconds), followed Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and the Chevys of Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman. 

Menard spun out five minutes into the final session after experiencing issues with the left rear tire but made a nice recovery. 

Hamlin topped the Best Consecutive 5 Lap Average with a speed of 187.27mph followed by Johnson, Truex, Keselowski, Kenseth, Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney and Menard. 

The best drivers in the Consecutive 10 Lap Average category after Johnson was Kahne, Harvick, Blaney, Brian Scott, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Newman and Kyle Larson. Five cars posted Best Consecutive 15 Lap Averages including Kahne (184.24 mph), Kurt Busch, Scott, Bowyer and Jamie McMurray. 

Kurt Busch ran a session-high 52 laps with his best lap of 186.690 mph ranking him 16th on the speed chart. The remaining Chasers — Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon — were 18th, 24th and 29th, respectively. 

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas II
Track Kansas Speedway
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Article type Practice report