KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Early in Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session, Jimmie Johnson spun off Turn 4- The five-time champion kept his car off the wall, hitting only the orange commitment cone at the entrance to pit road-
Later in the session, a puff of smoke shot from the right rear of the No- 48 Chevrolet as Johnson drove off Turn 2- Johnson brought the car to the garage, where he crew began diagnosing the problem-
“As I was coming in, I saw some smoke in the mirror, and I could smell it, and it looks like we have an issue with the radiator or something up front,” Johnson said as the crew worked on the car-
“There’s nothing wrong with the engine- It’s certainly a quick scare when you see that blue smoke and the smell that it has- I was pretty nervous-”
Similarly, the earlier spin wasn’t a big deal-
“I just spun out trying real hard on that first sticker run,” Johnson said, “and we got things back under control and the balance in the car- It’s really fast- I’m happy about that-”
Despite the issues, Johnson was third fastest in the practice session behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.