SPARTA, Ky. — Jimmie Johnson is headed to a backup car at Kentucky Speedway after crashing early in the second practice Friday.
A storm immediately after the wreck cut interrupted the session after about 30 minutes. The practice was scheduled to run from 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. on the 1.5-mile oval, which recently was repaved and reconfigured.
Johnson had turned the second-fastest lap (188.121 mph) and made 17 laps in his No. 48 Chevrolet before the incident. He had the fastest 10-lap average (186.517).
“I just got wide, and evidently the track is dirty wide,” said the six-time Sprint Cup champion, who is seeking his first victory at Kentucky in Saturday’s Quaker State 400. “I didn’t have anything go wrong. I just got wide and the car just started going straight and it wouldn’t turn. I was in the marbles. I couldn’t see the line where the track was clean and dirty, and it just kept going straight and straight and straight and hit the wall.”
The rain at stopped at 12:15 p.m., but NASCAR hasn’t announced a revised schedule based on track drying. A final Sprint Cup practice had been slated for 1:30 p.m., Xfinity Series qualifying at 4:45 p.m. and Sprint Cup qualifying at 6:45 p.m.
Speeds from the shortened second practice: