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Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne Just Seem to Keep Finding Each Other

By admin | May 15, 2013

 Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne are not on such friendly terms nowadays.

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. 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 Darlington 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. ”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 how potential future 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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6 Responses to “Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne Just Seem to Keep Finding Each Other”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    May 15th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Nice bumper sticker!
    All three were just mistakes on Kyles part. The third being the ugliest and though not intentional it was a total lack of respect for Khane. It’s time Kasey evened up the score not so much for vengence but to bring the 18 driver to the understanding its time to race alot more carefully around the 5.

  2. Offkilter Says:
    May 15th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, and Kevin Hamlin’s radio statement was the rated G version of what mine was. And Darrell Waltrip needs to be told Kyle is married. His ignorant commentary and enormous man-love for Busch makes me want to hurl.

  3. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 15th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I, like a lot of folks, would love to see Samantha Busch go for the Mountains of Divorce Court. I know this isn’t Telemundo or Real Housewives, thank god, but, Rowdy always let Talent at the Truck and Nationwide Levels beat any hope of actual work.

  4. kb Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    This season has been so filled with drama its annoying. From Hamlin busting Logano’s chops because he could without any real beef other than he doesn’t like him….to the drama filled anguished looks atop the pitbox of the always aware there is a camera around Sam “I didn’t know who Kyle was” Busch. And they play it up big time…we have tuned out last few races…The Waltrips, the constant repeating of the same information..the list goes on!

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    How Kyle could wreck him without doing any damage to either car must be because of magic pixie dust or super secret hidem wax. However he most definitely did get him aero loose…..It’s sometimes called, lest we forget from the past couple years of fuel mileage events, RACING for a win. It’s what people used to do when they wore their big boy pants.

    Rich; you left out Jeff Gordon being mad at Jimmy Johnson a few years ago when they got into a few incidents.

    I love the bumper sticker and if the #5 had any humor would put it on their rerar bumper.

  6. Conelly Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    From a fan of both Kasey and Kyle, Kasey - quit whining and race. You’d never have made it in old days.