Johnson paces field in Martinsville practice
April 05, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Jimmie Johnson is used to being in the front at Martinsville Speedway, and that’s exactly where the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion found himself following Friday’s first practice for the STP Gas Booster 500.
Johnson turned in the top time of the 90-minute session, completing a lap around the .526-mile paperclip track in 19.214 seconds (98.533 mph). Johnson has seven wins at the historic track, including one in the fall race last year.
Juan Pablo Montoya posted the second-fastest speed of the session, at 98.502 mph, a lap time of 19.224 seconds.
It was a strong session for Hendrick Motorsports. In addition to having two of its four drivers in the top five, Kasey Kahne logged the seventh-fastest lap time at 19.306 seconds and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was ninth-fastest with a time of 19.335 seconds.
It was the lone Sprint Cup Series practice before qualifying, which is scheduled to begin Friday at 3:40 p.m. ET.
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