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Michigan: Cup Saturday practice

A crash for Jimmie Johnson during Saturday's practice sessions at Michigan International Speedway will see the championship leader start from the back on Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson has been knocked off the second row of the grid for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, and instead will start Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the back of the grid after being forced to resort to his back-up car for the remainder of the weekend.

That's because the final practice session at the two-mile speedway on Saturday saw Johnson crash the primary #48 in which he had qualified in third place the previous day. The car spun mid-session as it got loose entering turn 3, and the nose hit the SAFER barrier in turn 4 before the car slid down into the infield.

Johnson climbed out of the car under his own power but still had to make a mandatory trip to the in-field medical centre to get checked out before he could join the team already prepping the back-up car.

"I'm a little puzzled as to why I spun out going in because I've had great entry stability even on that run I had great entry stability," he said. "I got a little close to the No. 27 but then again it's not like I was right on him.

"To me it felt like I lost downforce just from the traffic scenario," he continued. "I'm not really sure either way we have a torn up car and we will have to work hard to get this one ready to go."

Despite being sidelined, Johnson still ended up with the top time of the final practice session after his earlier lap of 36.098s (199.457mph) before the wreck proved to be untouchable by the rest of the field in the remaining time available to them. Kevin Harvick had earlier led the morning practice session with the faster laptime of 35.542s (202.577mph.)

Saturday - Practice 3 times

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36.098s (Leader) 199.457mph (19 laps)
2. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 36.225s (-0.127s) 198.758mph (30 laps)
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 36.231s (-0.133s) 198.725mph (25 laps)
4. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 36.281s (-0.183s) 198.451mph (37 laps)
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 36.282s (-0.184s) 198.446mph (28 laps)
6. #14 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 36.301s (-0.203s) 198.342mph (25 laps)
7. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 36.316s (-0.218s) 198.260mph (25 laps)
8. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 36.329s (-0.231s) 198.189mph (25 laps)
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 36.333s (-0.235s) 198.167mph (30 laps)
10. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 36.347s (-0.249s) 198.091mph (28 laps)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 36.357s (-0.259s) 198.036mph (25 laps)
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.391s (-0.293s) 197.851mph (27 laps)
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 36.397s (-0.299s) 197.819mph (33 laps)
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36.423s (-0.325s) 197.677mph (21 laps)
15. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 36.454s (-0.356s) 197.509mph (23 laps)
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 36.456s (-0.358s) 197.498mph (24 laps)
17. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 36.464s (-0.366s) 197.455mph (35 laps)
18. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 36.493s (-0.395s) 197.298mph (22 laps)
19. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 36.522s (-0.424s) 197.141mph (25 laps)
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36.522s (-0.424s) 197.141mph (19 laps)
21. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 36.552s (-0.454s) 196.980mph (15 laps)
22. #22 Joey Logano Ford 36.589s (-0.491s) 196.780mph (21 laps)
23. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36.593s (-0.495s) 196.759mph (34 laps)
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.631s (-0.533s) 196.555mph (21 laps)
25. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36.648s (-0.550s) 196.464mph (18 laps)
26. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 36.733s (-0.635s) 196.009mph (23 laps)
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 36.751s (-0.653s) 195.913mph (27 laps)
28. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.800s (-0.702s) 195.652mph (15 laps)
29. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 36.813s (-0.715s) 195.583mph (24 laps)
30. #51 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 36.873s (-0.775s) 195.265mph (23 laps)
31. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 36.888s (-0.790s) 195.185mph (29 laps)
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 36.901s (-0.803s) 195.117mph (14 laps)
33. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36.951s (-0.853s) 194.853mph (18 laps)
34. #95 Scott Speed Ford 37.044s (-0.946s) 194.363mph (6 laps)
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 37.109s (-1.011s) 194.023mph (13 laps)
36. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 37.151s (-1.053s) 193.804mph (10 laps)
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 37.184s (-1.086s) 193.632mph (21 laps)
38. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37.197s (-1.099s) 193.564mph (10 laps)
39. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 37.261s (-1.163s) 193.232mph (14 laps)
40. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37.354s (-1.256s) 192.750mph (14 laps)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38.015s (-1.917s) 189.399mph (11 laps)

Saturday - Practice 2 times

1. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 35.542s (Leader) 202.577mph (25 laps)
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 35.584s (-0.042s) 202.338mph (27 laps)
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 35.590s (-0.048s) 202.304mph (28 laps)
4. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 35.630s (-0.088s) 202.077mph (26 laps)
5. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 35.701s (-0.159s) 201.675mph (23 laps)
6. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 35.720s (-0.178s) 201.568mph (10 laps)
7. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 35.723s (-0.181s) 201.551mph (18 laps)
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 35.734s (-0.192s) 201.489mph (16 laps)
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 35.739s (-0.197s) 201.461mph (22 laps)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 35.779s (-0.237s) 201.235mph (27 laps)
11. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 35.782s (-0.240s) 201.218mph (31 laps)
12. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 35.785s (-0.243s) 201.202mph (17 laps)
13. #14 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 35.797s (-0.255s) 201.134mph (25 laps)
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 35.813s (-0.271s) 201.044mph (21 laps)
15. #22 Joey Logano Ford 35.814s (-0.272s) 201.039mph (20 laps)
16. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 35.848s (-0.306s) 200.848mph (30 laps)
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 35.905s (-0.363s) 200.529mph (33 laps)
18. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 35.924s (-0.382s) 200.423mph (23 laps)
19. #13 Casey Mears Ford 35.943s (-0.401s) 200.317mph (23 laps)
20. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 35.968s (-0.426s) 200.178mph (31 laps)
21. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 36.003s (-0.461s) 199.983mph (23 laps)
22. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 36.017s (-0.475s) 199.906mph (19 laps)
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.042s (-0.500s) 199.767mph (19 laps)
24. #38 David Gilliland Ford 36.045s (-0.503s) 199.750mph (20 laps)
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.076s (-0.534s) 199.579mph (31 laps)
26. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 36.085s (-0.543s) 199.529mph (20 laps)
27. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36.089s (-0.547s) 199.507mph (19 laps)
28. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.177s (-0.635s) 199.021mph (25 laps)
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 36.222s (-0.680s) 198.774mph (18 laps)
30. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 36.304s (-0.762s) 198.325mph (27 laps)
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 36.328s (-0.786s) 198.194mph (19 laps)
32. #35 Josh Wise Ford 36.349s (-0.807s) 198.080mph (7 laps)
33. #51 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 36.393s (-0.851s) 197.840mph (37 laps)
34. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 36.433s (-0.891s) 197.623mph (24 laps)
35. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36.507s (-0.965s) 197.222mph (15 laps)
36. #30 David Stremme Toyota 36.636s (-1.094s) 196.528mph (16 laps)
37. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 36.699s (-1.157s) 196.191mph (5 laps)
38. #95 Scott Speed Ford 36.739s (-1.197s) 195.977mph (6 laps)
39. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 36.763s (-1.221s) 195.849mph (13 laps)
40. #98 Johnny Sauter Ford 36.833s (-1.291s) 195.477mph (7 laps)
41. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36.994s (-1.452s) 194.626mph (10 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37.266s (-1.724s) 193.206mph (9 laps)
43. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37.309s (-1.767s) 192.983mph (12 laps)



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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS qualified third Friday, August 16, 2013 at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday`s Pure Michigan 400 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Johnson continues to lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Alan Marler for Chevrolet)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Both Johnson and Harvick are in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Belkin/Wemo Chevrolet SS finished in fourth place and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Johnson is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS qualified for sixth position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Johnson is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS qualified for third position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference following practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, prepares for practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Eckrich Ford, races Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with his son, Keelan, in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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