11-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson fastest in final practice

Jim Utter

Johnson, who has 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories at Dover, led the way in Saturday’s final practice session as his average lap speed of 161.863 mph topped the leaderboard.

Johnson enters Sunday’s Gander RV 400 on a career-worst 69-race winless streak and coincidently his last victory came at Dover in June 2017.

“Over the years I feel like here, we’ve probably stayed in the game more than other tracks. We won here a couple of years ago, I feel like we were one of the best cars here last year, but had something weird break on the car before we took to the track for the race,” Johnson said.

“I feel like here, our cars have always performed well at Hendrick Motorsports with high-vertical loading and this track certainly has a lot of that. Martinsville seems like it’s slipped away from us a little bit, performance-wise, but at Dover, we seem to come back here and repeat each time.”

Martin Truex Jr. ended up second (161.718 mph) and Erik Jones was third (161.435 mph). Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and pole-winner Chase Elliott.

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Among the drivers who ran 10 consecutive laps, Larson was the fastest, followed by Jones, Truex, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.

The final 50-minute practice session was the only one of the day as heavy fog canceled Saturday’s morning session.

Larson's average speed for 10 consecutive laps was 159.747 mph if you want to throw in there

Cla # Driver   Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 48 United States Jimmie Johnson    Chevrolet 59 22.241     161.863
2 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.    Toyota 66 22.261 0.020 0.020 161.718
3 20 United States Erik Jones    Toyota 63 22.300 0.059 0.039 161.435
4 42 United States Kyle Larson    Chevrolet 60 22.341 0.100 0.041 161.139
5 10 United States Aric Almirola    Ford 39 22.373 0.132 0.032 160.908
6 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez    Ford 68 22.379 0.138 0.006 160.865
7 24 United States William Byron    Chevrolet 71 22.384 0.143 0.005 160.829
8 1 United States Kurt Busch    Chevrolet 42 22.443 0.202 0.059 160.406
9 14 United States Clint Bowyer    Ford 69 22.458 0.217 0.015 160.299
10 9 United States Chase Elliott    Chevrolet 64 22.471 0.230 0.013 160.206
11 11 United States Denny Hamlin    Toyota 58 22.478 0.237 0.007 160.157
12 18 United States Kyle Busch    Toyota 62 22.505 0.264 0.027 159.964
13 12 United States Ryan Blaney    Ford 52 22.522 0.281 0.017 159.844
14 4 United States Kevin Harvick    Ford 60 22.530 0.289 0.008 159.787
15 2 United States Brad Keselowski    Ford 56 22.537 0.296 0.007 159.737
16 22 United States Joey Logano    Ford 81 22.547 0.306 0.010 159.666
17 21 United States Paul Menard    Ford 50 22.578 0.337 0.031 159.447
18 3 United States Austin Dillon    Chevrolet 47 22.581 0.340 0.003 159.426
19 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    Ford 35 22.617 0.376 0.036 159.172
20 6 United States Ryan Newman    Ford 31 22.629 0.388 0.012 159.088
21 88 United States Alex Bowman    Chevrolet 47 22.631 0.390 0.002 159.074
22 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.    Chevrolet 55 22.670 0.429 0.039 158.800
23 8 United States Daniel Hemric    Chevrolet 47 22.692 0.451 0.022 158.646
24 37 United States Chris Buescher    Chevrolet 46 22.743 0.502 0.051 158.290
25 13 United States Ty Dillon    Chevrolet 42 22.826 0.585 0.083 157.715
26 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto    Toyota 30 22.853 0.612 0.027 157.529
27 47 United States Ryan Preece    Chevrolet 19 22.934 0.693 0.081 156.972
28 32 United States Corey Lajoie    Ford 27 22.941 0.700 0.007 156.924
29 34 United States Michael McDowell    Ford 20 22.968 0.727 0.027 156.740
30 38 United States David Ragan    Ford 44 23.027 0.786 0.059 156.338
31 15 United States Ross Chastain    Chevrolet 16 23.264 1.023 0.237 154.746
32 36 United States Matt Tifft    Ford 19 23.354 1.113 0.090 154.149
33 00 United States Landon Cassill    Chevrolet 45 23.466 1.225 0.112 153.413
34 52 United States B.J. McLeod    Chevrolet 10 23.506 1.265 0.040 153.152
35 51 Cody Ware    Ford 15 23.617 1.376 0.111 152.433
36 77 United States Quin Houff    Chevrolet 7 23.965 1.724 0.348 150.219
37 27 United States Reed Sorenson    Chevrolet 14 24.171 1.930 0.206 148.939