|Johnson made improvemnets during Friday's practice sessions (Getty)|
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When Jimmie Johnson finished Friday's first practice session at Dover International Speedway with only the 25th-fastest time, everyone was kind of scratching their head wondering what was wrong. Johnson is a seven-time Dover winner and is looking to sweep the season there for the third time in career.
During his first practice session at Dover in June, Johnson started off a little sluggish with only the 14th-fastest lap in the first session, but 25th is an entirely different story. It's hard to accept that the favorite of the race is slower than over half the field of drivers attempting to qualify for Sunday's AAA 400.
But things got better in Friday's final practice session just like they did in June, when he increased to fourth fastest. This time around, Johnson finished with the third-fastest lap at 154.579 mph.