Johnson spins in practice

BRISTOL, Tenn.—- It hasn’t been a good week for five-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports lost its appeal of penalties incurred by the No. 48 team at Daytona. On Friday, Johnson qualified a lackluster 22nd for Sunday’s race at Bristol.

On Saturday, during the first Cup practice session for the Food City 500, Johnson spun on the high-banked concrete track. Unable to avoid Johnson’s spinning car, Paul Menard clipped the No. 48 slightly with his No. 27 Chevy.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Neither car sustained more than cosmetic damage, however, and both were able to continue.

Second-place starter AJ Allmendinger posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s first practice (122.638 mph). Ryan Newman paced Happy Hour at 121.883 mph. Johnson ran 102 laps in the hour-long final practice, second only to Jeff Burton’s 108.

 

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