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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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