Friday, February 20, 2009

Hendrick teammates top California practice

FONTANA, Calif. -- Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet was easily the fastest in Friday's first "open" practice session of the season at Auto Club Speedway.

The three-time defending Sprint Cup champion ran a lap at 181.892 mph to top the chart in the session prior to qualifying for Sunday's race. Time trials begin at 6:40 p.m. (Eastern).

Jeff Gordon, Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, was second fastest at 180.873 mph. Greg Biffle, David Reutimann and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

Travis Kvapil was fastest among the go-or-go-home cars. He was 15th fastest overall, just ahead of AJ Allmendinger and Tony Stewart.

There are 48 cars here, which means five won't make the race. If nothing changes from practice, Tony Raines, Todd Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Mike Garvey and David Starr would fail to qualify.

The slowest car among those in the top 35 was the No. 20 Chevrolet driven by rookie Joey Logano.


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