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Gordon, Ragan Forced to Backup Cars for Sunday

Two separate incidents in the last two minutes of Sprint Cup Series final practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have relegated pole sitter @JeffGordonWeb and @DavidRagan to backup cars for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX).

Ragan was struck first when he got loose in Turn 2 after the right side tires of the No. 18 Crispy M&M’s Toyota got into the marbles. He shot into the outside wall and damaged both the right side and right rear of the machine.

The Joe Gibbs Racing team immediately pulled down the backup car, and Ragan will go to the rear from the 13th starting position.

As for Gordon, the No. 24 3M Chevrolet suffered damaged when he told his Hendrick Motorsports team over the radio he hit a spinning @DanicaPatrick. The car, which won the pole on Friday while setting a new track record, was damaged in the right front and is the same car Gordon won with at Indianapolis and Michigan last year.

The backup car ran at Chicago (finished second), Charlotte (finished second) and Texas (finished 29th) last season.

Jimmie Johnson, who starts ninth, led both practice sessions on Saturday afternoon. He’s a four-time winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Complete times and speeds from the final session can be found below.

position Driver time behind leader best speed best time
1 89-00668 Jimmie Johnson LEADER 187.637 28.779
2 Joey Logano -0.111 186.916 28.890
3 Casey Mears -0.182 186.458 28.961
4 Martin Truex Jr -0.185 186.438 28.964
5 Kevin Harvick -0.2 186.342 28.979
6 Brian Vickers -0.278 185.842 29.057
7 Matt Kenseth -0.282 185.816 29.061
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr -0.29 185.765 29.069
9 Brad Keselowski -0.315 185.605 29.094
10 Austin Dillon -0.322 185.561 29.101
11 Clint Bowyer -0.352 185.370 29.131
12 AJ Allmendinger -0.357 185.338 29.136
13 Ryan Newman -0.36 185.319 29.139
14 Jeff Gordon -0.362 185.306 29.141
15 Kasey Kahne -0.386 185.153 29.165
16 Denny Hamlin -0.4 185.065 29.179
17 2014_number_42_larson Kyle Larson -0.403 185.046 29.182
18 Greg Biffle -0.423 184.919 29.202
19 Aric Almirola -0.423 184.919 29.202
20 Tony Stewart -0.469 184.628 29.248
21 Carl Edwards -0.47 184.622 29.249
22 David Ragan -0.524 184.281 29.303
23 Paul Menard -0.542 184.168 29.321
24 Michael Annett -0.568 184.005 29.347
25 Brian Scott -0.615 183.711 29.394

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