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Johnson on Top in Friday’s First Practice

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 11, 2009

Jimmie Johnson LifeLock 400 2009 Friday's First Practice

Jimmie Johnson LifeLock 400 2009 Friday's First Practice

Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson led the way in the first of Friday’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup practices at Chicagoland Speedway, pacing the session with a lap of 177.200 mph.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards was second at 176.881, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin at 176.725.

Michael Waltrip Racing’s David Reutimann and Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle rounded out the top five, as Richard Petty Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne, JGR’s Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing’s Clint Bowyer, Red Bull Racing’s Brian Vickers and Hendrick’s Jeff Gordon completed the top 10.

One final practice remains Friday in preparation for LifeLock.com 400, which is scheduled to begin just after 8pm EDT Saturday.

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No. 48 team looks for redemption at Chicagoland

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 11, 2009

Chicagoland.193They lost the ’08 race to Kyle Busch in green-white-checkered finish, now Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus are looking for redemption.

You don’t expect Jimmie Johnson to lose a race when he restarts from the top spot with two laps left, but that’s exactly what happened last year at ChicagolandSpeedway.

In a green-white-checkered finish, Kyle Busch raced to the lead to the outside of the No. 48 Chevrolet and kept Johnson winless at the 1.5-mile track. Like Joliet Jake of “The Blues Brothers” fame, Johnson will be on a mission when he returns to the speedway for Saturday night’s LifeLock.com 400.

That goes double for Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, from Rockford, Ill., who craves a win in his own backyard. Lack of a win at Chicagoland is especially frustrating given that, in seven starts at the venue, Johnson has finished second twice, third twice and fourth and sixth once each.

“We still haven’t gotten the win in Chicago, so we’ll be going after it this weekend,” Knaus said. “We always run well there — I think we’ve only finished outside the top five or so twice. But for some reason, things haven’t worked out for us yet to get to Victory Lane.

“We’re taking a good car — the one we had in Michigan [where Johnson led 146 of 200 laps at the two-mile track] when we ran out of gas. So maybe this is our year we can finally get a win near my hometown.”

Johnson is nearing several significant accomplishments this season. The only driver in the modern era (since 1971) to win at least three races per year in his first seven seasons of Cup racing, Johnson needs one victory to make it eight years in a row.

Already having notched 42 wins, the three-time defending Cup champion is two victories short of tying Bill Elliott for second place among active drivers. Johnson is 15th on the all-time win list.

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