DOVER, Del. -- In need of a rebound after a rough outing last week in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kasey Kahne topped the board in the first of Saturday's two practice sessions at Dover International Speedway.
Kahne led a Hendrick Motorsports assault on the scoring tower, posting the session's fastest lap at 157.288 mph. Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who on Friday won the pole for the race, was second. Hendrick driver Jeff Gordon was third, and stable mate Jimmie Johnson was sixth.
Kahne crashed and finished 37th last weekend at New Hampshire, and came to Dover last in the Chase standings. He is 71 points behind Matt Kenseth, who won the first two Chase events.
Chase drivers occupied the top eight positions, with Kurt Busch in fourth, Matt Kenseth in fifth, Kyle Busch in seventh and Clint Bowyer in eighth. Juan Pablo Montoya and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top 10.
The 55-minute session was halted once briefly for debris. Twelve of the 13 Chase drivers held down spots in the top 17, with Joey Logano in 12th, Ryan Newman in 14th, Greg Biffle in 15th and Carl Edwards in 17th. The lone exception was Kevin Harvick, who battled a tight race car and placed 24th.
A 50-minute final practice is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The AAA 400 is slated to go green at 2 p.m. Sunday (ESPN).
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