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02/20/13
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Kahne tops practice 4 at Daytona
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After an action-packed earlier practice that included a crash and a blown engine for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Wednesday's second session at Daytona International Speedway was relatively uneventful.

Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick stand as big winners, each earning top-six times in each of the qualifying and practice runs they’ve completed thus far. Kahne posted the fastest time in the second session, finishing his third lap in 45.515 seconds, while topping out at 197.737 mph. The driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was sixth in the first session and sixth in Sunday’s qualifying.

“We’re making sure our car handles really well,” said Kahne. “Myself, I learned a lot from The Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night.”

Gordon, who will join Patrick in the front row of this Sunday’s Daytona 500 after racing to the second-fastest time in qualifying, ran his third lap in 45.540 seconds to place third on the day after not participating in the first runaround.

Patrick continues to see some of the fastest times of the week, notching the (fourth)-best time of the day at 45.557 with a top speed of 197.55 after having the third-fastest in the first practice. She earned the Coors Light Pole on Sunday, becoming the first woman to earn one in Sprint Cup history.

Greg Biffle was second with a time of 45.523 after posting the 30th-best time in the first session. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Joey Logano was 25th in the second session with a top speed of 191.620 mph after posting the top speed earlier in the day.

After his aforementioned engine issues, Earnhardt completed 35 clean laps in the afternoon, the most of any car.

Michael Waltrip had the fastest time of the day, hitting 198.347 mph in the day's opening practice session.

Practice 4 Results
Pos Driver No. Make Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 197.737 45.515 Leader
2 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M 197.702 45.523 -0.008
3 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 197.628 45.540 -0.025
4 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 197.555 45.557 -0.042
5 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 197.507 45.568 -0.053
6 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald's 197.425 45.587 -0.072
7 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 197.325 45.610 -0.095
8 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 197.295 45.617 -0.102
9 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 197.221 45.634 -0.119
10 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Florida Lottery 197.040 45.676 -0.161
11 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet Golden Corral 196.820 45.727 -0.212
12 David Gilliland 38 Ford Love's Travel Stops 196.575 45.784 -0.269
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 196.228 45.865 -0.350
14 Michael McDowell 98 Ford K-Love/Curb Records 196.207 45.870 -0.355
15 David Ragan 34 Ford Detail Doctor 196.185 45.875 -0.360
16 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 196.134 45.887 -0.372
17 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 195.588 46.015 -0.500
18 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 194.978 46.159 -0.644
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 194.553 46.260 -0.745
20 Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 193.544 46.501 -0.986
21 Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet G-Oil / Plinker Tactical 192.493 46.755 -1.240
22 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 191.910 46.897 -1.382
23 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe's 191.844 46.913 -1.398
24 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 191.726 46.942 -1.427
25 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 191.620 46.968 -1.453
26 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 189.625 47.462 -1.947
27 Brian Keselowski 52 Toyota TruckerFan.com 183.135 49.144 -3.629
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