It was an eventful practice session Friday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where on Sunday, the Ford EcoBoost 400 will determine the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano will enter the race tied in points with 5,000 each. Whoever has the best finish of the four will be crowned the 2016 Sprint Cup champ. And the were all fast in practice at Homestead.
Early in the 85-minute session, Johnson ran a single qualifying lap and put the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet temporarily on top of the board with a lap of 174.944 miles per hour around the 1.5-mile track.
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But when the session ended, it was three drivers not in championship contention who were fastest. Ryan Newman set fast lap of 175.387 mph in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, which finished ahead of Martin Truex Jr.’s Furniture Row Racing Toyota and Kyle Larson in a Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Logano was fourth ahead of Johnson, with the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Busch and Edwards eighth and ninth, respectively.
Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET tonight, with two practices on Saturday, one at 10 a.m. with Happy Hour at 1 p.m.