Kahne Not Happy With Kyle Busch (Again)
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on June 8, 2014 | 5:40 P.M. EST
Kasey Kahne left Pocono frustrated with Kyle Busch after their incident in Sunday's race. (Photo: Getty Images)
For Kasey Kahne, his incident with Kyle Busch during Sunday’s Pocono 400 was all too familiar.
“That’s just Kyle being Kyle,’’ Kahne said.
Kahne was frustrated after another run-in with Busch. Last year, they had incidents that caused Kahne to crash at Daytona, Talladega and Darlington.
Things seemed to be smooth this year until Sunday when Kahne and Busch got together on Lap 143. The incident led to Kahne finishing 42nd.
Kahne said he had passed Busch earlier but when he raced Ryan Newman for position, they ran side-by-side down the frontstretch. The draft allowed Busch to close on Kahne and make a move in Turn 1. Kahne was on the outside.
“He knew if he didn’t clear me there, I would pass him back because I just had, so he just floored it and .. he ran me right into the wall,’’ Kahne said of Busch.
“He was probably pissed off because his car was slow. He knew he needed to floor it and I would lift. I didn’t lift because I knew I could pass him back down the straightaway. That’s just Kyle doing his thing.’’
Busch, who finished 12th, left the track without comment.
Asked if he needed to talk again with Busch, Kahne said: “He just races however he races.’’
The incident continued Kahne’s frustrating up-and-down season. After finishing third at Kansas last month and winning two of the first three segments in the All-Star race before crashing, he struggled in the Coca-Cola 600 and last weekend at Dover.
His team brought his Kansas chassis this weekend to Pocono, and Kahne said he felt the car was running well before his incident.
“I thought we were a top-10 car,’’ Kahne said. “We had made some gains from the rest of the weekend.’’
But he had nothing to show for it.
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