Kasey Kahne says he and Kyle Busch tangled during the Pocono 400 and the end result was Kahne taking a solid hit against the Tricky Triangle’s wall in his No. 5 Great Clips.
The wreck came moments after a restart with 17 laps to the checkered flag. Kahne says he had cleared the No. 18 car driven by Busch and was on the verge of catching Ryan Newman and making a move when Busch caused him to wreck.
“I had just passed Kyle and I caught (Ryan) Newman (and) I was passing him off Turn 3,” Kahne said. “We were side-by-side so Kyle was able to get a good draft down the straightaway. We got to Turn 1 and I was on the outside and then he knew if he didn’t clear me there that I would pass him back because I just had. So he just floored it and didn’t care there was someone out there and ran me right in the wall.”
This is not the only time that Busch and Kahne have traded paint during their stints as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. The two have a history of issues from last year but for the most part have stayed clear of each other as far as confrontations have gone in 2014. The incident during this week could cause things to flare up between the two drivers.
The wreck relegated Kahne to a poor finish and collected Carl Edwards. Edwards and Kahne saw their day end early as both were looking for a good run at Pocono. Khane finished the day with a 42nd place finish and dropped all the way to the 21st spot in the points standing. Carl Edwards finished his day after the wreck one position ahead of Kahne. On the other hand, Busch drove on to a 12th place finish.
As Kahne hit the wall the first time he apparently lost his brakes and continued down the speedway until his car impacted the wall for a second time and continued to smack the wall until coming to a stop. Now the question will be if Khane can overcome such a hard hit in the points after he had hoped to improve on his place in the standing.
Coming into the race Kahne was searching for a way to boost his season with a good run during the Pocono 400. After all, he had scored a victory at the track during the 2013 season and has an additional win at the track. He also has seven top 10 finishes at Pocono.
Now race fans, and most likely Kyle Busch, will be wondering if Kahne has any ideas on giving Busch a couple of payback nudges in the weeks to come. The second half of the NASCAR regular season is now in full swing as teams fight for the remaining slots in the Championship Chase for the Sprint Cup.