Kasey Kahne fastest in early Cup practice
May 25, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne topped the speed chart in first Saturday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Saturday morning, clocking a fast lap of 191.591 mph as he prepares a defense of his Coca-Cola 600 victory last year.
Kahne, a three-time winner of NASCAR's longest race, will start sixth Sunday in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Kurt Busch, who was second in Thursday evening qualifying, claimed the second-fastest spot practice at 191.435 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy. Kyle Busch, his younger brother, was third-best at 190.981 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Rookie Danica Patrick made just 10 practice laps in the 55-minute session before her Stewart Haas Racing team opted to change engines because of an oil leak. She'll give up her 24th-place starting spot Sunday because of the engine swap, moving to the rear of the field the No. 10 Chevrolet.
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