Eight-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson’s lap at 158.863 miles per hour was enough to top final practice for tomorrow’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.
Johnson, who won at the Monster Mile last fall on his way to a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title, was followed by Sunday’s polesitter, Brad Keselowski.
The Team Penske driver was quickest in this morning’s practice and in the afternoon, his lap at 158.270 miles per hour was good for second.
Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman was third-quickest (158.263), while Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin took his FedEx/Autism Speaks car to fourth (158.193). Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing was fifth (157.798).
“I feel like we’re close,” Hamlin told Fox Sports about his Toyota’s performance in ‘Happy Hour.’ “We’re not a winning car but we’re close to where the balance needs to be. We still need a tenth or two of speed, but when the balance is good and it feels good for me, we usually race pretty well.”
A.J. Allmendinger, Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard, and Kyle Larson completed the Top 10, and Harvick once again had the best consecutive 10-lap average (Laps 1-10, 156.378).