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Kyle Busch Fastest in 2011 Royal Purple 200 Practice at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Kyle Busch was fastest in Nationwide Series practice with a lap of 28.425 seconds for a speed of 173.303 mph. Busch was more than a mile per hour faster than second-quick Clint Bowyer, whose best lap was 28.635 seconds for a speed of 171.734 mph.

Third fastest was another Cup regular, Carl Edwards, who posted a fast time of 28.680 mph for a speed of 171.464 mph. Fourth on the speed charts was Kasey Kahne, who clocked a 28.745-second lap for a speed of 171.077 mph. The fastest Nationwide Series regular and fifth fastest overall was Reed Sorenson who stopped the watch in 28.773 seconds for a speed of 170.910 mph.

The Nationwide Series qualifies at 3:35 for the 29th Annual Royal Purple 200. The green flag flies at 7:46 p.m. ET.

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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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