Kyle Busch Triggers Crash
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin on May 5, 2013 | 4:00 P.M. EST
16 cars were involved in the multi-car accident. (Photo: Getty Images)
Busch clipped the rear bumper of Kahne’s car on lap 44 while the duo was battling for second place. Both drivers made heavy contact with the outside wall before setting off a chain reaction wreck behind them.
Brian Vickers, who had just relieved Denny Hamlin in the FedEx Toyota, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch were among the unfortunate others that had nowhere to go.
Busch took total blame for the accident, which was eerily similar to an incident he was involved in with Kahne at the season-opening Daytona 500.
"I hate it how that all happened - it tore up a lot of good cars," Busch said. "Kasey made a move to get up in front of me there and I was catching him pretty quick and I tried to get to his outside before I got to him. I tapped his bumper and from there the wreck was on. Instantly, it just turned sideways.
“I hate that it happened to Kasey and, of course, to everybody else that got torn up in that mess."
One of the innocent bystanders in the melee was Greg Biffle, who gave his view of what unfolded in front of him.
“I just saw them wrecking above me," Biffle said. "I thought about going to the left, I had plenty of room and probably should have, but I didn’t. I just stayed straight and moved down all I could and it wasn’t enough. They got me in the right-rear and turned me the wrong way up into the wall, a pretty hard hit, but that’s all you can do is hang on when stuff like that happens.”
Kahne wasn’t injured in the wild turn of events, but was disappointed in his early exit from the race.
"I just kind of got shot through the center there, just a lot of momentum coming from behind," Kahne said. "Felt the No. 18 pushing me and next thing I know I was spinning. You just can’t push with these cars. We learned that at Daytona, he was pushing me and spun me in the wall and then happened again, so that is what it is.”
Although it’s the second time this year he’s been involved in a restrictor-plate race accident with Busch, Kahne does not anticipate any problems between the two.
“No, I didn’t talk to him,” he said. “I think we both probably understand what happened and we will figure it out from there.”