Kahne Expects Kyle Busch Apology

Kasey Kahne

Kahne and Busch dueled for the lead 34 laps from the finish Saturday. (Photo: Getty Images)

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kasey Kahne anticipates another phone call and apology from Kyle Busch after an incident between them cost Kahne a chance to win Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500.

It’s the third time this season - and second race in a row - that Busch has caused Kahne to wreck.

“I don’t know what his deal is with me,’’ Kahne said after finishing 17th.

Kahne and Busch dueled for the lead 34 laps from the finish Saturday. Kahne edged by Busch in Turn 3, Busch moved ahead off Turn 4. They headed to turn 1 side by side.

“He blew that entry into (Turn) 1,’’ Kahne said.

Busch went low into turn 1 but slid up the track.

“I was like, “Oh shoot, oh shoot,’ ‘’ Kahne said. “The car moved and then just spun out. I don’t know if he actually touched me or not. If he would have just entered normal like he entered the whole race there would have been no issues and I would have been leading off 2.

“He just didn’t want that to happen, so he blew turn 1. Whether he hit me or not, he still caused that whole deal with screwing up and just mind fade. He’s had a few of them this year when I’ve been around him.’’

Busch tapped Kahne in the Daytona 500, triggering a nine-car crash. Busch made contact with Kahne during last weekend’s race at Talladega, starting a 16-car crash. Busch called Kahne after the accident to apologize. Kahne said he joked during the call that he won’t race around Busch at Daytona and Busch jokingly said he won’t race with Kahne.

Although he restrained his emotions, Kahne was not happy with losing a chance to win.

“I don’t know if we would have won, but we definitely had a car to,’’ Kahne said. “It’s discouraging. I could catch him and Jimmie (Johnson) the longer the run went. I think we had a great shot at winning.’’

Instead, Kahne finished with his third consecutive finish outside the top 15. He’s fallen from second to sixth in the points in that span.

Busch did not speak to the media after the race. He led 265 laps but a right rear lost air in the final laps and he finished sixth.

Busch’s frustration grew before the checkered flag, saying on his radio: “I’ve never been so disgusted in my entire life. This is pathetic.’’

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