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Smith, Kahne tie atop Nationwide practice

February 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Duo clocks identical times as Daytona practice ends

Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith tied for the top spot on the speed charts Thursday morning, clocking the same time in NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Daytona International Speedway.

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Kahne and Smith turned in a fast speed of 191.930 mph around the 2.5-mile track in preparation for Saturday afternoon's season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300.

SPEED CHART: DRIVE4COPD300 practice results

Their time was well ahead of third-fastest driver, Kyle Larson, the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing prodigy running a full Nationwide schedule for Turner Scott Motorsports. His teammates Nelson Piquet Jr. and Justin Allgaier completed the top five on the practice sheet.

Daytona 500 pole winner Danica Patrick was sixth-fastest, sealing a sweep of the top six spots by Chevrolet.

Sam Hornish Jr. led Thursday morning's opening practice, leading a 1-2 sweep with Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski. Hornish and Keselowski were 22nd and 23rd respectively in the second practice session.

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