DOVER, Del. — A pair of Hendrick Motorsports cars showed up in final practice for Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover Int’l Speedway.
Sophomore driver Chase Elliott paced the session with a fast time of 22.877 seconds (157.363 mph).
“I would just like to be fast tomorrow and I think we’ve got our car driving a little better from what we had it yesterday, which is good,” Elliott said.”That was the goal there regardless of what the stopwatch said was just to try to get it driving better. I think we’ve got it closer. I think we are still off from a couple of guys, but I think we are in the ballpark.”
11-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson (156.904 mph) was second-fastest in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. Johnson won last time out at the Monster Mile, besting Kyle Larson on a late-race restart for career win No. 83.
“Still disappointed yesterday didn’t go any better, but second practice today went really well,” Johnson said. “We will just fall into a group tomorrow and go racing at one of our best tracks and try to get the best result.”
Kevin Harvick had the third-fastest speed (156.897 mph) and quickest Ford during the practice, followed by XFINITY spring Dover winner Kyle Larson in fourth (156.658 mph).
Kyle Busch completed the top-five (156.631 mph) as he was quickest on a 10-lap average. Only Busch’s Toyota and Hamlin’s FedEx Camry were in the top-10 in that category for consecutive-lap average.
Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman Daniel Suarez rounded out the rest of the top-10.
The green flag for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover drops shortly after 2 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90).
Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…