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Kyle Busch, Ragan lead pair of practices

August 23, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Kyle Busch, Ragan lead pair of practices
Front Row Motorsports driver leads big-name top five

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- With less than two minutes remaining in Friday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch shot to the top of the speed chart, overtaking older brother Kurt Busch in the process.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led the 45-minute session with his 128.253 mph effort on the 0.533-mile oval, eclipsing Kurt’s 128.099 mph run.

Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports), as he was in the first practice of the day, was third fastest, with Juan Pablo Montoya (Earnhardt Ganassi Racing) and Joey Logano (Penske Racing) completing the top five in the second session.

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Busch, the Furniture Row Racing driver who broke into the top 10 in points a week ago, slapped the wall shortly after his best effort, necessitating repairs to the No. 78 Chevrolet.

Sixth through 10th were Matt Kenseth (JGR), Ryan Newman (Stewart-Haas Racing), Denny Hamlin (JGR), Martin Truex Jr. (Michael Waltrip Racing) and Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports).

Talladega race winner David Ragan was fastest during Friday’s opening practice and was 17th in the final session.

The Front Row Motorsports driver had turned a lap of 125.322 mph to knock five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson (125.134 mph) off the top spot.

Gordon was third, followed by Kyle Busch and defending series champion Brad Keselowski (Penske Racing).

Sixth through 10 in the opening session were Montoya, Kurt Busch, Logano, Brian Vickers (MWR) and Casey Mears (Germain Racing).

Logano is the series’ most recent winner, having captured last weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

Mark Martin, making his first appearance in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the injured Tony Stewart, was 22nd in the first session and 25th in the second.

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