Kahne Talks Contact and Contract
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on June 13, 2014 | 1:40 P.M. EST
"But as far as us talking we haven't. He (Busch) did write me an email, but I really don't care anymore. I don't care to talk to him." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kyle Busch reached out to Kasey Kahne this week via email after their incident at Pocono. But as it stands, Kahne doesn't care to talk to him.
The Lap 143 incident in last weekend's Pocono 400 was the fourth between Busch and Kahne dating back to last season, resulting in Kahne's early exit in each.
"He sent me an email and then a text to ask if I got it, and I told him I did and that's how it went," Kahne said. "I talked through every situation and scenario with him last year and to this day, I still race him the exact same way. For him to do that ... and I knew it was coming because he floored it in the corner and I was like, 'He can't. You're going to run me right into the wall.' I think he was having a bad day and just lost it.
"As far as us talking, we haven't. But I really don't care anymore. I don't care to talk to him."
Busch aside, things are going well so far for Kahne at Michigan International Speedway, where it was announced that his sponsor - Farmers Insurance - has extended with Hendrick Motorsports. Plus, he led the opening practice session for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. Farmers will be with HMS through 2017, but Kahne's contract with the team is up at the end of 2015.
"We've struggled some this year, for really no reason," Kahne said. "We can't have that. If we can get rid of some of those struggles, I would hope that I would be at Hendrick Motorsports for a long time. We have a lot of good things going on and with a little bit of performance here and there, maybe it'll come up sooner than later.
"I would love to be here for a long time, but will have to see how it all works out."
Kahne won at Michigan in 2006 with Evernham Motorsports and has finished seventh or better with HMS in the three of the last five races where he's been running at the finish.
"It’s a good track for us," Kahne said. "We were leading last year and had a tire problem in Turn 1. Jimmie (Johnson) was really good as well. We were fast today and I'm looking forward to a solid weekend."
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 starting at 12 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.