Kahne fastest in Pocono final practice

The Evernham Dodge's of Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield turned the top times during final practice for NEXTEL Cup teams at Pocono. Pole sitter Kahne had the fastest lap, with a 167.657 mph. "We practiced here last Thursday for a full day, and I...

The Evernham Dodge's of Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield turned the top times during final practice for NEXTEL Cup teams at Pocono. Pole sitter Kahne had the fastest lap, with a 167.657 mph.

"We practiced here last Thursday for a full day, and I had Bill Elliott helping," said Kahne of Pocono experience. "He was in the corners helping me through each end. I was just trying to get faster through each corner, and it paid off. I ended up crashing that car here, not bad, but it definitely needed some work. The guys in the body shop repaired it and got it back. It's a good thing we got it fixed. I crashed it off turn one last Thursday."

Mayfield was second quickest, charting a 167.274 mph.

"We've been on a roll. I know I've got a great racecar for this track," Mayfield said, "This is probably the best car I've had since I won here last. I tested this car at Dover and it ran good."

Elliott Sadler, running the new Ford D-3 engine this weekend, was third fastest. His lap of 167.159 mph was a marked improvement from this morning's practice session; where he was only 17th on the speed chart.

"We've got a good race car for Sunday," Sadler commented. "I am really excited."

Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin complete the top five fastest practice times.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin