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Charlotte Final Practices: Johnson’s Speeds Way Beyond Second Fastest

Jimmie Johnson is at it again. During the final practice sessions for Saturday night’s NASCAR Banking 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson set a blistering pace that no other driver had an answer for. During the first session, Johnson wasn’t just good, he was off the charts good. His early lap of 187.162 mph was almost two mph faster than the second best time of teammate Mark Martin. That kind of speed differential rarely happens and is something he didn’t even do when he won an unprecedented five of six Charlotte races from off 2002 to 2005. Greg Biffle was one of the drivers who was trying to keep pace with Johnson during the session—and did a decent job with the third best speed, noted that Johnson was just too quick in and o...

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