Severe weather halts Cup practice, Jimmie Johnson to a backup

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Severe weather halts Cup practice, Jimmie Johnson to a backup
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jul 8, 2016, 4:39 PM

NASCAR halted second practice at Kentucky Speedway on Friday due to weather.

Twenty minutes into the session, Jimmie Johnson wrecked the No. 48 Chevy in Turn 2. Before the track could return to green, severe weather covered the area and ended practice prematurely.

Denny Hamlin topped the speed chart with a lap of 188.285 mph 19 circuits into his run. Johnson was second quick with a speed of 188.121 mph and led the Best Consecutive 10-lap category, but wrecked after 17 laps. Kevin Harvick’s speed of 188.088 mph was third in single laps run. Harvick also completed the most laps — 22. 

Ty Dillon was fourth quick in single lap runs (188.042 mph) followed by Kyle Larson (187.963 mph), Chase Elliott (187.767 mph), Jamie McMurray (187.682 mph), Kurt Busch (187.474 mph), Carl Edwards (187.461 mph) and  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (187.007 mph).

Rounding out the Best 10 Consecutive Lap category were Kurt Busch (185.139 mph), Harvick (184.206 mph), Chris Buescher (184.139 mph), Matt Kenseth (183.954 mph), Tony Stewart (183.713 mph), Hamlin (183.654 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (183.559 mph) Ryan Newman (183.499 mph) and Casey Mears (183.199 mph). 

Johnson, who enjoys a 7.4 average finish at Kentucky Speedway, has never won at the track. The No. 48 team was forced to pull out the backup car following Johnson’s accident.

“I just got wide and evidently the track is dirty wide,” Johnson said. “I didn’t have anything go wrong, I just got wide and the car just started going straight and it wouldn’t turn.  I was in the marbles.  I couldn’t see the line where the track was clean and dirty and it just kept going straight and straight and straight and hit the wall.”

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