Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kahne Mad after Car Hits Wall in Practice

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kahne Mad after Car Hits Wall in Practice

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Byline: DON COBLE

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kasey Kahne's crew worked overtime Saturday making repairs to his Dodge Charger.

Kahne, who will start on the pole for today's 3M Performance 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, bounced off the second turn wall during the final practice session Saturday morning. The right-rear fender was damaged, but the driver said his team should have the car fixed in time for today's main event.

"I just messed up a little bit and got in the wall and messed up the race car. It's not too bad. They should be able to get it fixed and we'll be all right," Kahne said. "The car was real loose in first practice and we tightened it up some. It was tight in the second practice and we never got it out. It slipped out from under me and I hit the wall. We'll go back to what we were running in the first practice, make some adjustments and try to make it better than it was."

If Kahne was forced to drive a backup car, he would forfeit his first-place starting spot and start last. Repairs included hammering out the dents in the fender as well as replacing some of the rear suspension.

"I'm upset with myself for making that mistake and giving these guys a lot of extra work, but I think they'll fix it up as good as it was before," Kahne said. "We've been up and down with this car. We've had three good races with it and we've fought back a lot in some of those races."

SPEED TRAP

Jeremy Mayfield was stopped for speeding in nearby Jackson, Mich., on Friday afternoon after qualifying, but the 37-year-old driver came away with only a warning.

Mayfield was pulled over for exceeding the 25-mph speed limit while driving through town, said Jackson Police Sgt. Elmer Hitt. But since the officer didn't get the speed on radar, Mayfield was issued a warning.

HAPPY HOUR

Greg Biffle acted like a driver who was in a hurry Saturday morning.

He posted the quickest lap in the final practice session leading up to this afternoon's 3M Performance 400, then he jetted away to the Kentucky Speedway for a Busch Series race. Biffle's Ford was clocked at 184. …

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