Jimmie Johnson leads Daytona 500 session in his NASCAR comeback

Jimmie Johnson Daytona 500 NASCAR

In Friday’s lone practice session, Jimmie Johnson, who will compete in the Daytona 500 on Sunday for the first time in the NASCAR Cup since 2020, finished first.

Jimmie Johnson Daytona 500 NASCAR

Johnson, who is a co-owner of Legacy Motor Club, finished first with the best average pace while racing the No. 84 Chevrolet (194.225 mph).

Johnson, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Alex Bowman had the top four speeds when drafting late in the 50-minute practice.

“It’s my first weekend in this car. It’s Todd (Gordon, crew chief)’s first weekend working on the Next Gen car. First time we’ve all worked together,” Johnson said. “We’re going through quality reps right now.

“There are a lot of aspects to this that are new but I’m very proud of everybody at Legacy Motor Club and the effort they put into this. It’s so fun to get out there and mix it up.”

The winners of the 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Aric Almirola and Joey Logano, placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Chase Briscoe, Kevin Harvick, and Zane Smith completed the top ten.

Briscoe achieved the top average pace among the participants who completed at least 10 consecutive laps (192.001 mph). In that category, Logano, Bowman, Stenhouse, and Almirola came after him.

Cla#Driver ManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
184 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet3446.338  194.225
29 Chase Elliott Chevrolet3846.3450.0070.007194.196
347 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet3746.3480.0100.003194.183
448 Alex Bowman Chevrolet3846.3600.0220.012194.133
510 Aric Almirola Ford2946.3660.0280.006194.108
622 Joey Logano Ford3646.3690.0310.003194.095
712 Ryan Blaney Ford3446.3730.0350.004194.078
814 Chase Briscoe Ford2746.3920.0540.019193.999
94 Kevin Harvick Ford1746.4080.0700.016193.932
1036Zane Smith Ford3146.4170.0790.009193.894
1117 Chris Buescher Ford3346.4770.1390.060193.644
1221 Harrison Burton Ford3346.5060.1680.029193.523
135 Kyle Larson Chevrolet2246.6640.3260.158192.868
1443 Erik Jones Chevrolet1946.6880.3500.024192.769
1524 William Byron Chevrolet2246.6920.3540.004192.753
167 Corey Lajoie Chevrolet1346.7370.3990.045192.567
1719 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota1546.7380.4000.001192.563
1841 Ryan Preece Ford2746.7620.4240.024192.464
1977 Ty Dillon Chevrolet1546.7720.4340.010192.423
2011 Denny Hamlin Toyota1946.8190.4810.047192.230
2142 Noah Gragson Chevrolet2046.8440.5060.025192.127
2254Ty Gibbs Toyota1946.8650.5270.021192.041
236 Brad Keselowski Ford2646.9540.6160.089191.677
2478 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet746.9550.6170.001191.673
2538 Todd Gilliland Ford1046.9800.6420.025191.571
2634 Michael McDowell Ford2846.9830.6450.003191.559
2745 Tyler Reddick Toyota1547.2050.8670.222190.658
2820 Christopher Bell Toyota1147.2130.8750.008190.625
2967Travis Pastrana Toyota947.2400.9020.027190.517
301 Ross Chastain Chevrolet1747.2710.9330.031190.392
313 Austin Dillon Chevrolet1847.3070.9690.036190.247
328 Kyle Busch Chevrolet1547.3100.9720.003190.235
3399 Daniel Suarez Chevrolet1847.3160.9780.006190.210
3451 Cody Ware Ford1947.3751.0370.059189.974
3523 Bubba Wallace Toyota947.9131.5750.538187.840
3650 Conor Daly Chevrolet2848.3041.9660.391186.320
372 Austin Cindric Ford1749.2972.9590.993182.567
Cre: Motorsport.com

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