Jimmie Johnson spins in practice: Martin Truex Jr. posts fastest lap
Jimmie Johnson spun during Saturday morning’s Cup practice at Michigan International Speedway but won’t need to go to a backup car.
Johnson lost control of the car in Turn 4 and slid into the grass. He drove the car back to the garage.
“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.”
Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest lap at 198.385 mph. He was followed by Kyle Busch (197.938 mph), Johnson (197.341), Ryan Blaney (197.320) and Kevin Harvick (197.287).
Busch had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 196.876 mph. He was followed by Kyle Larson (196.095 mph) and Denny Hamlin (195.901).