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Speedy Kahne tops first Michigan practice

June 14, 2013, Staff report,

Four drivers break 36 seconds, top 200 mph

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kasey Kahne was one of four drivers to run a lap under 36 seconds, topping the speed charts in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.

Kahne, who has one win, two poles and seven top-five finishes at the track, ran his 21st of 23 laps in 35.889 seconds, averaging a best speed of 200.619 mph. Two-time Michigan winner Kurt Busch followed suit in second, averaging 200.239 mph on his 15th of 20 laps. Aric Almirola (200.028 mph, 35.995 seconds) and Kevin Harvick (200.011, 35.998) were third and fourth, respectively.

Defending race-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t far behind, pulling into the garage fifth on the leaderboard after running 15 laps, the 13th of which he completed in 36.014 seconds (199.922 mph).

Points leader Jimmie Johnson, still looking for his first Michigan victory, was eighth, while Michigan standout Carl Edwards was 10th.

Also in the top 10 were Mark Martin (sixth), Martin Truex Jr. (seventh) and Austin Dillon (10th).

Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, racing in his home state, was 23rd on the leaderboard. David Ragan turned the most laps, running the two-mile circuit 28 times.

Tony Stewart finished 35th and had to switch to a back-up car after brushing the wall.


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