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2013 Charlotte NASCAR: Saturday practice times

All the news and times from the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Saturday practice sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday's Coke-Cola 600 race.
After a day off yesterday following initial practice and Sprint Cup qualifying for Sunday's Coke-Cola 600 topped by Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch, the drivers were back in action for two further practice sessions on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne led the pace both the 55-minute morning session and the afternoon 'happy hour' final practice on the 1.5-mile superspeedway oval. The defending race champion's best laptime came in the morning session (28.185s, 191.591mph) with the afternoon proving slightly slower (28.633s, 188.594mph).

In both cases Kurt Busch posted the next-best time. The Furniture Row Racing drive will start on the front row on Sunday's race alongside pole winner Denny Hamlin.

The two practice sessions were incident-free save for a five minute red flag caused by the #31 car of Jeff Burton laying down fluid on the truck. It turned out that the oil cooler was at fault rather than the car's Chevrolet engine, so a new unit wasn't required. However, the Wood Brothers' #21 did need to have an engine change after practice, which means that Trevor Bayne will have to start from the back of the grid for the start of the Coke-Cola 600. A similar fate awaits Danica Patrick after the engine in the Stewart-Haas #10 developed an oil leak 12 laps into Saturday practice and needed to be changed out.

Burton's Richard Childress Racing team mate Paul Menard was ninth in both practice sessions, the day after he announced a multi-year contract extension with the team. The #27 car will continued to be sponsored by the family business, with Menards the third-largest home improvement retail chain in the US.

"He has shown his ability to be consistent, competitive and win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level. He did that in the Brickyard 400 with us at Indy," said team owner Richard Childress, confirming that Menard will continue to be partnered with crew chief Slugger Labbe.

"My family, all of our great team members at Menards and I are excited to extend our partnership with Richard and Richard Childress Racing," said Menard. "We will continue to grow together and build our relationship, achieving even greater accomplishments in the future."

Practice 3 times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.633s (Leader) 188.594mph (31 laps)
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.690s (-0.057s) 188.219mph (11 laps)
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.715s (-0.082s) 188.055mph (30 laps)
4. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.723s (-0.090s) 188.003mph (17 laps)
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.740s (-0.107s) 187.891mph (29 laps)
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.764s (-0.131s) 187.735mph (33 laps)
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.768s (-0.135s) 187.709mph (19 laps)
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.784s (-0.151s) 187.604mph (33 laps)
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.790s (-0.157s) 187.565mph (12 laps)
10. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.813s (-0.180s) 187.415mph (29 laps)
11. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.813s (-0.180s) 187.415mph (12 laps)
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.837s (-0.204s) 187.259mph (27 laps)
13. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.839s (-0.206s) 187.246mph (30 laps)
14. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.874s (-0.241s) 187.019mph (36 laps)
15. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.890s (-0.257s) 186.916mph (29 laps)
16. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.915s (-0.282s) 186.754mph (29 laps)
17. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.943s (-0.310s) 186.574mph (34 laps)
18. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.972s (-0.339s) 186.387mph (35 laps)
19. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.974s (-0.341s) 186.374mph (27 laps)
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.989s (-0.356s) 186.278mph (28 laps)
21. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.008s (-0.375s) 186.156mph (25 laps)
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.052s (-0.419s) 185.874mph (46 laps)
23. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.059s (-0.426s) 185.829mph (30 laps)
24. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.086s (-0.453s) 185.656mph (16 laps)
25. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.092s (-0.459s) 185.618mph (42 laps)
26. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.119s (-0.486s) 185.446mph (41 laps)
27. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.132s (-0.499s) 185.363mph (17 laps)
28. #95 Scott Speed Ford 29.171s (-0.538s) 185.115mph (10 laps)
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.184s (-0.551s) 185.033mph (34 laps)
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.225s (-0.592s) 184.773mph (28 laps)
31. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.230s (-0.597s) 184.742mph (28 laps)
32. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.293s (-0.660s) 184.344mph (9 laps)
33. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.305s (-0.672s) 184.269mph (6 laps)
34. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.308s (-0.675s) 184.250mph (35 laps)
35. #33 Landon Cassill Chev 29.419s (-0.786s) 183.555mph (18 laps)
36. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.430s (-0.797s) 183.486mph (18 laps)
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.448s (-0.815s) 183.374mph (28 laps)
38. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.501s (-0.868s) 183.045mph (19 laps)
39. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.571s (-0.938s) 182.611mph (22 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.855s (-1.222s) 180.874mph (15 laps)

Practice 2 times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.185s (Leader) 191.591mph (37 laps)
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.208s (-0.023s) 191.435mph (35 laps)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.275s (-0.090s) 190.981mph (33 laps)
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.279s (-0.094s) 190.954mph (29 laps)
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.368s (-0.183s) 190.355mph (35 laps)
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.381s (-0.196s) 190.268mph (30 laps)
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.406s (-0.221s) 190.101mph (26 laps)
8. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.420s (-0.235s) 190.007mph (30 laps)
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.433s (-0.248s) 189.920mph (35 laps)
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.459s (-0.274s) 189.747mph (36 laps)
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.473s (-0.288s) 189.653mph (30 laps)
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.474s (-0.289s) 189.647mph (35 laps)
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.477s (-0.292s) 189.627mph (28 laps)
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.484s (-0.299s) 189.580mph (27 laps)
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.505s (-0.320s) 189.440mph (32 laps)
16. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.518s (-0.333s) 189.354mph (24 laps)
17. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.544s (-0.359s) 189.182mph (36 laps)
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.551s (-0.366s) 189.135mph (30 laps)
19. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.564s (-0.379s) 189.049mph (27 laps)
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.569s (-0.384s) 189.016mph (21 laps)
21. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.580s (-0.395s) 188.943mph (25 laps)
22. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.590s (-0.405s) 188.877mph (29 laps)
23. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.592s (-0.407s) 188.864mph (36 laps)
24. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.605s (-0.420s) 188.778mph (28 laps)
25. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.623s (-0.438s) 188.659mph (10 laps)
26. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.645s (-0.460s) 188.515mph (27 laps)
27. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.674s (-0.489s) 188.324mph (22 laps)
28. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.715s (-0.530s) 188.055mph (19 laps)
29. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.750s (-0.565s) 187.826mph (16 laps)
30. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 28.766s (-0.581s) 187.722mph (22 laps)
31. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.788s (-0.603s) 187.578mph (24 laps)
32. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.803s (-0.618s) 187.480mph (30 laps)
33. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.825s (-0.640s) 187.337mph (22 laps)
34. #95 Scott Speed Ford 28.862s (-0.677s) 187.097mph (10 laps)
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.021s (-0.836s) 186.072mph (24 laps)
36. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.022s (-0.837s) 186.066mph (25 laps)
37. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.023s (-0.838s) 186.059mph (16 laps)
38. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.026s (-0.841s) 186.040mph (18 laps)
39. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.155s (-0.970s) 185.217mph (16 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.229s (-1.044s) 184.748mph (27 laps)
41. #33 Landon Cassill Chev 29.261s (-1.076s) 184.546mph (9 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.387s (-1.202s) 183.755mph (11 laps)
43. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.533s (-1.348s) 182.846mph (18 laps)



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