Truex tops second Michigan practice, Johnson spins

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Truex tops second Michigan practice, Johnson spins
Jun 17, 2017, 2:13 PM

Martin Truex Jr. set the pace at the start — and the finish — of the second practice for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Truex’s single-lap speed was 198.385mph topped the speed chart on Saturday morning. Kyle Busch was second quick followed by Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Here, like anywhere else this year, it seems like you need to just find a way to balance it – short run speed with the long run speed,” Truex said. “You kind of have to have long run speed to put yourself in position to win and then seems to always come down to short runs and cautions towards the end of the race and you need to be able to go on short runs, so just try to balance those two things out and get as much speed out of the car as we can and these guys do a great job of that, so looking forward to it and seeing what we can do.”

In the early moments of the 55-minute session, Truex Jr. posted the top speed of 196.920mph followed polesitter Kyle Larson (196.775mph), Denny Hamlin (196.587mph), Kyle Busch, Harvick, Jones, Johnson, Blaney, Earnhardt Jr., Logano and Kurt Busch,

Just after the 15-minute mark, Jones eclipsed his Furniture Row Racing teammate with a lap of 197.212mph. But the rookies time atop the speed chart was short-lived as Kyle Busch bumped him with a lap of 197.938mph.

Half-way into practice, Kyle Busch remained the fastest in single-run laps, Blaney moved up to P2 (197.320mph) with Jones, Earnhardt (196.942mph), Truex, Logano, Harvick, Larson and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.

Johnson jumped up to second at the 32-minute mark with a lap of 197.341mph but on his next lap, he lost control of the No. 48 Chevy coming off of Turn 4 barely missing his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne who was running right behind him. Johnson avoided the wall but came through the grass and damaged the splitter. The team elected to go to a backup car.

 

“I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around,” Johnson said. “Did a nice job of keeping it off the outside wall, but came back down the hill and into the grass and the front end dug in pretty good. I’m pretty surprised the guys feel like the damage isn’t too bad and they can get that stuff pulled back out and get the shape of the body back.

“So, we are out for the rest of this practice and we will get back on-track for the second one. Not the way we wanted to start the day, but it is what it is.”

NASCAR yellow-flagged practice but cars were back on the track 36 minutes to go and Kyle Busch leading the session in single-lap runs.

With 15-minutes remaining Truex vaulted to the top of the speed chart with a speed of 198.385mph. Kyle Busch was second followed by Johnson, Blaney and Keselowski. Five minutes later, Harvick moved up to fifth with a lap of 197.287mph.

Kyle Busch (196.876mph) had the fastest Best 10 consecutive lap averages. Larson was second (196.095mph) followed by Hamlin (195.901mph), Jones (195.714mph) and Harvick (195.684mph). Johnson, Earnhardt, McMurray, Kahne and Suarez rounded out the top 10 speeds in the category.

Four cars were penalized with 15-minute holds:

Jamie McMurray for being late to pre-qualifying inspection.

Ty Dillon, Ryan Newman and Matt DiBenedetto for failing pre-qualifying inspection multiple times.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 22 36.293     198.385
2 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 29 36.375 0.082 0.082 197.938
3 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 15 36.485 0.192 0.110 197.341
4 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 21 36.489 0.196 0.004 197.320
5 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 37 36.495 0.202 0.006 197.287
6 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 17 36.495 0.202 0.000 197.287
7 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 24 36.503 0.210 0.008 197.244
8 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 26 36.509 0.216 0.006 197.212
9 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 21 36.539 0.246 0.030 197.050
10 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 34 36.556 0.263 0.017 196.958
11 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 21 36.595 0.302 0.039 196.748
12 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 28 36.604 0.311 0.009 196.700
13 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 25 36.624 0.331 0.020 196.592
14 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 29 36.625 0.332 0.001 196.587
15 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 26 36.687 0.394 0.062 196.255
16 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 31 36.710 0.417 0.023 196.132
17 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 17 36.751 0.458 0.041 195.913
18 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 26 36.757 0.464 0.006 195.881
19 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 20 36.765 0.472 0.008 195.838
20 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 15 36.789 0.496 0.024 195.711
21 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 17 36.869 0.576 0.080 195.286
22 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 18 36.911 0.618 0.042 195.064
23 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 18 36.952 0.659 0.041 194.847
24 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 14 37.001 0.708 0.049 194.589
25 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 25 37.002 0.709 0.001 194.584
26 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 17 37.014 0.721 0.012 194.521
27 43 united_states Darrell Wallace Jr.  Ford 27 37.047 0.754 0.033 194.348
28 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 22 37.071 0.778 0.024 194.222
29 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 17 37.148 0.855 0.077 193.819
30 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 24 37.173 0.880 0.025 193.689
31 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 19 37.459 1.166 0.286 192.210
32 23 united_states Ryan Sieg  Toyota 14 37.789 1.496 0.330 190.532
33 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 16 38.157 1.864 0.368 188.694
34 83 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 16 38.234 1.941 0.077 188.314
35 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 13 38.329 2.036 0.095 187.847
36 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 24 38.334 2.041 0.005 187.823
37 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 9 39.021 2.728 0.687 184.516
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