Martin Truex Jr. (174.289 mph) was the fastest driver overall in Saturday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice for Sunday’s season-ending and championship-deciding Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The fastest of the four Championship 4 drivers was Carl Edwards (174.031 mph), who was second fastest overall.
Ryan Newman was third fastest, just under 1 ½ mph slower than Edwards at 172.723 mph, followed by AJ Allmendinger (172.502 mph) and Chase Elliott (172.408 mph).
The other three Championship 4 drivers and their speeds were Joey Logano (eighth fastest at 171.832 mph), Jimmie Johnson (10th fastest at 171.587 mph) and defending series champion Kyle Busch (170.024 mph).
Here’s the entire practice results:
Final Sprint Cup practice at Homestead-Miami
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.