Johnson, Kahne to Backup Cars

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Both Johnson and Kahne will now have to start at the rear of the field.

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Final Practice Speeds

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne were forced to backup cars during the final practice session for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Both Johnson and Kahne were scheduled to start 22nd and 23rd, respectively, and will now have to start at the rear of the field after making contact with the wall in separate incidents.

“Just lost it on corner entry getting into Turn 1,” Johnson said. “The first lap at speed and the thing just rotated around. The effort level is high and you’ve got to run in there committed.  I did so and unfortunately the rear grip just wasn’t there in the car and around it came.”

Kahne hit the wall after the team made minor changes with the car in the garage.

“I would say it was probably what we did to the car, but just really surprising because what we did wasn’t a huge change,” Kahne said. “It was basically my left-front was pulling in.  It hadn’t been the whole time, it took my right-rear out and just lost it getting in.  It just kind of came out of nowhere.” 

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