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Jimmie Johnson Goes to Backup Car After Practice Crash

A largely unpredictable race on the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway just became even less predictable for Jimmie Johnson.

The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion will be forced to a backup car after crashing his primary machine in second practice for Saturday’s Quaker State 400.

Running his 17th lap of the session, Johnson lost control of his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet while maneuvering his way through turn 4. Johnson slid up the track and slammed into the outside wall, causing significant damage that will force the veteran to a backup car before Saturday’s race.

Practice was red flagged immediately following the crash as lightning and sever storms approached the speedway.

Johnson was sitting second on the speed charts before the crash, with a top speed of 188.121 mph.

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