New Track Tricky For Some

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For the first time, a large number of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams met the newly configured Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Monday.

Kasey Kahne took a liking to the track quickly by leading Monday's test session with a lap of 184.685 mph in his No. 9B Dodge on a day that saw numerous incidents.

The day was going good for Kahne until the closing of the afternoon session when he made contact with the wall, but his Dodge Dealers machine was one of 69 cars that posted a sub-30 second lap in the second round.

"You're going fast," said Kahne, who also placed his "A" car sixth in the afternoon. "We go fast at Charlotte, Texas and Atlanta. There's a lot of tracks we go fast at. To me the speed is good, and Tony (Stewart) is probably the same way."

Last year after the Cup event, the banking at LVMS was increased from 12 degrees to 20 degrees in all four turns.

"I like the old Vegas and I like the new Vegas," Kahne said. "It should make for a good race once everybody gets out there and the groove starts moving around some. It’ll be top, middle, low. I think it’ll be everywhere, so it should be pretty good."

After losing an engine in the a.m. session, Clint Bowyer went out and posted the second fastest lap of the day at 184.351 mph in his No. 07A Chevrolet.

Carl Edwards (184.206 mph), J.J. Yeley (183.930 mph) and Ricky Rudd (183.861 mph) rounded out the top five.

Juan Pablo Montoya was 21st and 49th quick, respectively, in the morning and afternoon.

"This place gets your attention. It's the toughest place I've been so far," Montoya said.

Scott Riggs paced the morning session with a lap of 183.511 mph in his No. 10A Dodge.

Mike Skinner's 23A was the fastest (183.742 mph - afternoon) among the Toyotas on day one.

Kahne wasn't the only one that suffered damage to his car. Tony Raines, A.J. Allmendinger, Reed Sorenson and Greg Biffle also were involved in separate incidents during the day.

"All the wrecks are scary," said Paul Andrews, Bobby Labonte's crew chief. "It makes you nervous about the race. We just don't know what to think, what caused them. Some guys have lost tires and some haven't. We’ll have to see, but it’s pretty scary."

Testing will continue on Tuesday.

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