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.
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.