LAS VEGAS -- Kasey Kahne was suffering through a sinus infection Saturday, but the illness didn't stop him from posting the fastest lap in Happy Hour. Kahne turned a lap at 176.586 mph in the No. 9 Dodge, an encouraging sign after a difficult day Friday. Kahne brushed the wall in the first practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The scrape did minor damage to the car that was repaired earlier in the week after he scrubbed the wall during the Auto Club 500 Monday. To fix the damages after that scrub, the team did some body repairs on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Las Vegas shop of truck racer Brendan Gaughan. They were back in repair mode Friday, which probably affected Kahne's qualifying lap. Kahne will start 37th Sunday in the UAW-Dodge 400. Kahne decided to skip the Sam's Town 300 Nationwide race Saturday because of his illness. Gillett Evernham Motorsports teammate Patrick Carpentier replaced Kahne in the No. 9 Nationwide entry. "After the first [Cup] practice, we knew we might do something to allow Kasey the time to get better for Sunday's race," said Mark McArdle, vice president of competition for GEM. "He's been taking fluids and getting plenty of rest." McArdle said they have Nationwide Series driver Jason Keller on stand-by just in case Kahne can't drive Sunday or needs to get out of the car before the end of the race.
Bowyer Wrecks, Switches To Backup CarClint Bowyer will go to a backup car and start in the back for Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 after wrecking in the final practice session Saturday. Bowyer hit the wall in the No. 07 Chevy before sliding back down the track and clipping the front end of Kyle Petty's car. Petty's damage was minimal, so he'll stick with the primary No. 45 Dodge. Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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