Good thing it’s just practice

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 04:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 4, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 04: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 4, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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.

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