Nine-time Monster Mile winner edges Hamlin in early session RELATED: Practice 1 results Jimmie Johnson zoomed to the top of the heap Friday in opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Dover International Speedway . Johnson, aiming for his 10th Dover victory this weekend, piloted the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet to a best lap of 163.867 mph on the Monster Mile in preparation for Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). His lap was just shy of the track qualifying record of 164.444 mph set by Brad Keselowski in May. Denny Hamlin was second-fastest at 163.532 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., a teammate to Johnson in the Hendrick No. 88 Chevrolet, was third-best at 163.473 mph. David Ragan , making his third start in the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota, was fourth-fastest at 163.339 mph. Kyle Busch , ready for his third race in his return from severe leg injuries in a February crash at Daytona, was fifth-fastest at 162.808 mph in the Gibbs No. 18 Toyota. Series leader and defending champion Kevin Harvick posted the eighth-fastest lap in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. Harvick will carry a 41-point lead over Martin Truex Jr ., 10th-fastest in first practice, into Sunday's 400-miler. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the 13th race of the season is scheduled Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Two practice sessions Saturday (10-10:55 a.m. ET and 1-1:55 p.m. ET, FS1) will mark the final on-track activity for Sprint Cup drivers before Sunday's main event. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Johnson on P1: 'We don't agree with what has happened' RELATED: 3 teams penalized after Charlotte " Hendrick appeals P1 penalty on No. 48 MORE: No. 48 appeal avoids repeat of 2006 pit pick DOVER, Del. -- Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson calmly and strongly reiterated his team's position to appeal the P1 penalty NASCAR handed down to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team this week. An hour before posting the fastest speed in Friday's opening practice at Dover International Speedway , Johnson spoke to reporters for the first time since the penalty was announced Wednesday and since his team filed an appeal Thursday. Johnson spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since the penalty was announced Wednesday and since his team filed an appeal Thursday. "Definitely we don't agree with what has happened and getting the letters and that's why the appeal has taken place," Johnson said from Dover International Speedway before opening practice. "I look forward to the appeal process running its course, and respect it and certainly hope for a different outcome once everything has run its course." Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet team was penalized this week after receiving multiple written warnings from NASCAR for violations found during the May 16 Sprint All-Star Race and May 24 Coca-Cola 600 weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Multiple warnings warranted a P1-level infraction that would have given Johnson one of the last pit stall selections this weekend at Dover. By appealing the penalty, Johnson will still have the ability to pick a pit stall based on his qualifying position, which is important on the small and tight pit road at the 1-mile Dover concrete oval. "I guess there is that part of it," Johnson said. "My qualifying record as of late hasn't been so stellar, so we won't know implication of that (appealing the penalty) until after qualifying. "Then," he said, pausing, " the stories can run rampant then." Johnson was fastest in practice with a speed of 163.867 mph followed by Denny Hamlin , Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr . and David Ragan . A victory Sunday in the FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) would be Johnson's 10th at Dover and make him one of only five drivers (Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson, and Dale Earnhardt) in NASCAR history to score double-digit wins on a track. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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