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Cup - Las Vegas - Friday practice

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest time on Friday at Las Vegas in the only practice session of the day before the evening qualifying for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400.
Jimmie Johnson's lap of 28.702s (188.140 mph) proved to be the fastest of the day's single practice session in Las Vegas, just one thousandth of a second ahead of Clint Bowyer.

It was a troubled session for Juan Montoya, who crashed while getting the #42 up to speed shortly after exiting the pits and will need to take to the backup car for qualifying after the car suffered heavy right-side damage.

“It sucks, it was our first lap," said Montoya. "It felt really good in three and four. I went into one and got a little tight over the bumps. So I got on the gas and it just stepped out on me.

"I thought, 'My God', and I was in the fence," he finished. "It sucks ... We tested this week and I thought we made a lot of gains and the car looked very promising."

Kyle Busch was also affected by the incident, after a piece of Montoya's car punched a hole in the left-right side of Busch's #18. Busch worked with his team in the garage to effect repairs, but was limited to only five laps' running on the 1.5-mile oval before the end of the session.

Qualifying takes place at 6.30pm ET (12.30am GMT Saturday morning). There are two further practice sessions on Saturday ahead of Sunday afternoon's Kobalt Tools 400, the third Cup race of 2012.

Practice 1

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.702s (Leader) 188.140 mph
2. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.703s (-0.001) 188.134 mph
3. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.704s (-0.002) 188.127 mph
4. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.752s (-0.050) 187.813 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.776s (-0.074) 187.656 mph
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.778s (-0.076) 187.643 mph
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.795s (-0.093) 187.533 mph
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.810s (-0.108) 187.435 mph
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.816s (-0.114) 187.396 mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.832s (-0.130) 187.292 mph
11. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.853s (-0.151) 187.156 mph
12. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 28.866s (-0.164) 187.071 mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.876s (-0.174) 187.007 mph
14. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.882s (-0.180) 186.968 mph
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.904s (-0.202) 186.825 mph
16. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.933s (-0.231) 186.638 mph
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.939s (-0.237) 186.599 mph
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.941s (-0.239) 186.587 mph
19. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.964s (-0.262) 186.438 mph
20. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.985s (-0.283) 186.303 mph
21. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.986s (-0.284) 186.297 mph
22. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.005s (-0.303) 186.175 mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.011s (-0.309) 186.136 mph
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.020s (-0.318) 186.079 mph
25. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.046s (-0.344) 185.912 mph
26. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 29.143s (-0.441) 185.293 mph
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.154s (-0.452) 185.223 mph
28. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.163s (-0.461) 185.166 mph
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.204s (-0.502) 184.906 mph
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.247s (-0.545) 184.634 mph
31. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.387s (-0.685) 183.755 mph
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.396s (-0.694) 183.699 mph
33. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.405s (-0.703) 183.642 mph
34. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.429s (-0.727) 183.492 mph
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.473s (-0.771) 183.219 mph
36. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.491s (-0.789) 183.107 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.497s (-0.795) 183.070 mph
38. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 29.532s (-0.830) 182.852 mph
39. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29.534s (-0.832) 182.840 mph
40. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.534s (-0.832) 182.840 mph
41. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.566s (-0.864) 182.642 mph
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.612s (-0.910) 182.359 mph
43. #37 Timmy Hill* Ford 29.696s (-0.994) 181.843 mph
44. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.700s (-0.998) 181.818 mph
45. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 29.713s (-1.011) 181.739 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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