Posted 07/28/2012 at 12:43 PM
Kasey Kahne topped the speed chart in Saturday’s first practice session in preparation for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kahne's lap of 185.326 mph came on his first of 16 laps run during the 60-minute session. This practice determines the qualifying order schedule and Kahne will attempt his lap last.
Mark Martin was second fastest with a lap at 183.520 mph, showing that his runner-up finish at Pocono is translating well to Indy. Martin has never won at Pocono or Indy over his great career, but looks poised to be in a position to get Toyota their first win at the Brickyard.
Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-5 speeds in the session. Gordon and Johnson have combined to win seven Brickyard 400’s over their careers. Gordon had perhaps the best car in last years race and needs his fifth win at Indy more than ever just to keep his Chase hopes alive.
Last years Brickyard winner Paul Menard had the sixth fastest lap while running 13 laps in the session.
Only one driver, Denny Hamlin, ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Hamlin finished with the 20th fastest lap. Sam Hornish ran the most laps of the session (29) and had the 24th fastest lap.
The drivers will run their final practice session at 10:30 am (ET) with qualifying set to begin at 2:10 pm.