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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.

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