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SportJimmie Johnson leads first Auto Club Speedway practice

20:35  15 march  2019
20:35  15 march  2019 Source:   nascar.com

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Jimmie Johnson leads first Auto Club Speedway practice© Sean Gardner Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson led three Chevrolets in the top five at the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway on Friday.

Johnson, a six-time winner at the 2-mile track in Fontana, California, recorded the fastest lap at 179.386 mph in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the first practice session in preparation for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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Austin Dillon was second-fastest in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after logging a lap of 179.350 mph amid windy conditions at the Southern California facility. Chris Buescher in the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet (178.975 mph), Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (178.802 mph) and Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 JGR Toyota (178.767 mph) rounded out the top five.

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Jimmie Johnson leads first Auto Club Speedway practice

Chase Elliott leads Hendrick Chevy sweep of top three in final practice.
Teammates Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson also toward the top of the speed chart.

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