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Kasey Kahne fastest in early Cup practice

May 25, 2013, Staff report,

Kurt, Kyle Busch take second, third speeds

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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and series points leader Jimmie Johnson, Kahne's Hendrick Motorsports teammates, completed the top five in the last chance for track time ahead of the 600-miler (6 p.m. ET, FOX).

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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