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Kahne leads final practice for Coca-Cola 600

May 25, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

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It looks like Kasey Kahne won’t give up his Coca-Cola 600 title without a fight. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who will start sixth tomorrow night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, continued to show why he’ll be a contender in NASCAR’s longest race by leading “Happy Hour” final practice with a lap of 188.594 miles per hour.

Kahne, a three-time winner of the “600,” told reporters earlier this week that he appreciates the longer distance races as they give him and his crew more time to tweak the car and get into position to contend late.

“I feel like I’ve done a little better in over the years, 500‑mile races, 600 miles, and it gives you more time to work on your car, gives you more time to kind of fine‑tune and get it as perfect as you can for those last 50 to 100 miles,” said Kahne.

“I’ve always really liked the longer races…We have a good combination to get the car better and better throughout the race, and I think that’s what it’s all about – the communication in the 600 and having a car that’s capable of making a lot of little adjustments to make it right for the very end.”

Kurt Busch was second-quickest in the final practice session, with pole sitter Denny Hamlin in third, Darlington winner Matt Kenseth in fourth, and Greg Biffle in fifth.

  1. theracefan - May 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    The Nationwide/cup race was about as exciting as watching paint dry. This is a good indication of tonights race. NASCAR has gone downhill since Brian France and his jolly band of idiots started tinkering with everything. The crew chiefs have no incentive to experiment because brain dead France will punish them with outlandish fines and suspensions. The boneheads at NASCAR have engineered the “perfect” car so they say. It has taken the race out of racing. It should not be up to NASCAR to be in the car engineering business. There sole purpose is to provide equal interpretation of the rules at every venue. The chase a Brian France idea is a total failure. Controlling every aspect of the car from bumper to bumper is a dismal failure. The drivers have become complacent and are not aggressive. Yes they put in a good show for the last few laps. Who wants to pay Bruton Smith his very high ticket prices to sit for 550 of the 600 miles of boredom to see the final 50 miles turn into a race. The drivers are all buddy buddy off the track and there is no old fashioned Earnhardt vs Waltrip rivalry I have sat on the concrete seats on the front stretch for a 600 and never would again.

    • moezilla - May 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Not to worry….F1 Gran Prix of Monaco this morning and the Indy 500 later on….great day to be a motorsports fan…if the NASCAR race is a snoozer…well, 2 outta 3 ain’t bad…

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