Montoya Leads Opening Sprint Cup Practice at Auto Club Speedway

Jim BobCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2009

The No. 41 Target Chevrolet driven by Juan Pablo Montoya was on top of the charts Friday, after the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing driver turned the fastest lap in the opening Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday.

Montoya turned a lap of 39.225-seconds, averaging 183.556 mph, on his 1th (out of 11) lap in the session.  The Columbian-driver was more then a mile per hour slower then Jimmie Johnson, who clocked in with a 182.482 mph lap.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Johnson, driving the No. 48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet this weekend, was second fastest with a lap time of 39.456-seconds.  Mark Martin, David Regan and David Stremme rounded out the top-five fastest times in the session.

The only incident in the practice session was a blown engine by Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, late in the session. Under NASCAR rules, he will have to start Sunday's race from the rear of the field after changing his engine.  Busch ran a total of 19 laps in the session, with his 17th lap of 40.211-seconds being his best.

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