Johnson fastest in Cup practice, but Toyota’s dominate


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):