Johnson fastest in Cup practice, but Toyota’s dominate

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Jimmie Johnson was fastest (163.867 mph) in Friday morning’s Sprint Cup practice at Dover International Speedway.

No surprise there, as Johnson is the all-time winningest driver (9 victories) at Dover.

But what was surprising was the onslaught behind Johnson: Five of the first seven fastest drivers were Toyota pilots.

Denny Hamlin (163.532 mph) was second-fastest, David Ragan (163.339) was fourth, Kyle Busch (162.808) fifth, Clint Bowyer (162.727) sixth and Coca-Cola 600 winner Carl Edwards (162.624) seventh.

Sandwiched in-between was the only other Chevy driver in the top 7, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (163.473) was third-fastest.

The fastest Ford driver was 12th fastest Greg Biffle (162.330 mph).

Most of the 45 drivers on the grid were practicing in qualifying form, as qualifying is set for 3:45 pm ET this afternoon.

Here’s the results from Friday’s practice (there are two more practice sessions on Saturday):

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