Kahne And Truex Jr. Tops

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex, Jr. led Thursday's two test sessions as NEXTEL Cup NASCAR "Pre-Season Thunder" wrapped-up at Daytona International Speedway.

Kahne's was the fast lap of the morning session as his Evernham Motorsports Dodge recorded a speed of 188.088 mph.

Truex, Jr., the 2004 Busch Series champion who will drive a DEI entry in this year's Daytona 500, led the way in the afternoon session with a lap of 188.798 mph. Thursday's sessions included both single car laps and drafting.

Bill Elliott, who will drive a Ganassi Racing entry in the February 12th Bud Shootout, was impressive. His Dodge turned in a quick lap of 187.496 in the morning session, the third fastest lap of the test.

The NASCAR Busch Series will now take to the track for testing on Feb. 22-24.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, fans who purchase a FanFest ticket can watch testing from the FanZone during the day. FanFest begins at 5 p.m. with bands, pit stop demonstrations, auctions and fan forums with NASCAR Busch Series drivers. Admission to the NASCAR Busch Series edition of FanFest is $10 and the proceeds will benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp, The Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports and American Red Cross for tsunami relief. More FanFest information is available online.

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