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Jimmie Johnson Fastest in Homestead Cup Practice Round 2

Jimmie Johnson may need to win Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday if he wants to earn his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and after the second round of practice on Saturday morning, it appears he has the car to do it.

Johnson paced the field, setting a fast lap of 174.345 mph to lead the session. Chase Elliott was second fastest, 1.013 mph off Johnson’s speed.

Fellow Chase contenders Carl Edwards and Joey Logano also posted competitive laps during their runs. Edwards was third fastest, while Logano’s lap left him sixth on the charts.

The same could not be said for the fourth Chase driver, Kyle Busch. The defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion was 28th overall after the round ended. While possibly a cause for concern, it should be noted that Busch was eighth quick in the first practice on Friday.

Other notable drivers were Martin Truex, Jr, who posted the quick time in the initial practice, in seventh, Kevin Harvick in 20th and Brad Keselowski in 22nd. Tony Stewart, who makes his final NASCAR Sprint Cup start this weekend, was 29th on the board.

Final practice for the Sprint Cup drivers will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Full practice results here.

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We should start a pool as to who will bring out the caution at the end of the “race” to set up Brian’s dream, finish. I’m torn between the 23 and the 32. The 23.


Put me down for the 55.


If there are any fake water bottle cautions or fake debris cautions this will be my last Cup race as well as Smokes.

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