By admin | May 15, 2013
By Richard Allen
If you’ve followed racing for any length of time, you have no doubt noticed that certain drivers seem to just have a knack for crossing each other’s paths at the wrong time. This season, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano had such run-ins as they came together on multiple occasions until Hamlin was injured as the result of a crash in California. Past history has seen drivers such as Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon or Kurt Busch and Jimmy Spencer seemingly tied together race after race.Â Two drivers who have emerged as the most prone to collide of late are Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne.
For the second time in as many weeks and for the third time in 2013, Busch got into Kahne(or he didn’t if you accept Darrell Waltrip’s assessment) as the duo battled for the lead during the closing laps in Darlington. Kahne slid into the wall and Busch continued on to what appeared to be certain victory. However, a leaking tire slowed him down in the final laps and dropped him to 5th place at the checkered flag.
This incident came on the heels of the same two drivers getting together in Talladega the previous week and setting in motion the first of three big pileups on that monster track. A very similar incident occurred early in the Daytona 500 when Busch tagged the rear of Kahne’s car to initiate a big crash.
“Instant replay of Daytona. 18 wrecks the 5 (and) we all pile in..,” tweeted Kevin Harvick, who was involved in both the Daytona and Talladega wrecks sparked by contact between Busch and Kahne.
In reference to those prior run-ins, Kahne’ spotter, Kevin Hamlin, got on the team radio in the aftermath of the DarlingtonÂ mishap to both calm his driver and voice his displeasure with Busch. “Let’s get what we can and stay calm,” the spotter said. “But we owe that mother****er three now.”
Busch crew chief Dave Rogers tried to help his driver dismiss the incident. “Don’t let it frustrate you, bud,” the No. 18 pit boss said.Â ”It’s big time auto racing. Shake it off. They showed it on TV. If you touched him, it was very light.”
While none of these situations appeared to be intentional, they still happened nonetheless. Be it hard racing or not, the driver on the receiving end is bound to feel as if he has been made a target by the offending driver. It remains to be seen whether or not these two will come in contact again, but considering both drive for top-flight teams and are likely to be racing for wins in the future, it will be interesting to see howÂ potential futureÂ situations play out.
But in the meantime, Kahne might want to consider adding a bumper sticker similar to the one below to the back of his car.
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