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Kurt Busch fastest in first Charlotte practice

May 23, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Kurt Busch fastest in first Charlotte practice
Brother Kyle follows, with Kasey Kahne close behind

Related: Practice results

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kurt Busch, the most recent pole winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, kept his speed streak going, leading the first practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch, driving the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy, posted a fast lap of 190.846 mph to lead the 90-minute session. His only victory at the 1.5-mile track was in the 600-mile event in 2010, when he drove for Penske Racing.

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Younger brother Kyle Busch, who is 0-for-18 in Sprint Cup events at Charlotte in his career, was second-best at 190.469 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The Busch brothers were also 1-2 in sweeping the front row at Darlington Raceway on May 10, when Kurt Busch led the way in breaking the track record for his first pole position since 2011.

Kasey Kahne, the defending winner in NASCAR's longest race, jumped to third place on the speed charts late in the session with a 189.660 mph lap in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Teammate and series points leader Jimmie Johnson, a six-time Charlotte winner in points-paying events and winner of last weekend's Sprint All-Star Race, turned an identical lap to Kahne's to place three Chevy drivers in the top four on the speed chart ahead of Sunday's race.

Aric Almirola, who won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 a year ago, completed the top five at 189.454 mph in Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Ford.

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