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Kasey Kahne continues strong weekend at Martinsville in second Cup practice

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 - Practice

MARTINSVILLE, VA - APRIL 01: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Kasey Kahne continued his strong weekend, recording the fastest speed in the first of two Sprint Cup practice sessions Saturday morning at Martinsville Speedway.

Despite a light rain early in the morning and chilly temperatures and heavy overcast skies, Kahne took to the half-mile bullring for 46 laps, earning the fastest speed on Lap 16 of 96.073 mph. Kahne was the only driver over 96 mph.

Ryan Newman (95.849) and Martin Truex Jr. (95.694) were second and third fastest, respectively.

Brian Vickers also continued his own strong weekend performance, coming in with the fourth-fastest speed (95.661), followed by Paul Menard (95.636) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (95.588).

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be held this afternoon from 1 to 1:50 p.m. ET.

Here’s how the second practice session played out:

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