By Noah Trister
The Associated Press
NORMAN — Kasey Kahne was none too pleased after being involved in a wreck at Watkins Glen last weekend.
Matt Kenseth, the man who caused it, has apparently reached out to Kahne to express his regret.
“He texted me, I don’t know, five to eight times apologizing, trying to explain what happened, how he felt really bad about how it happened and all that stuff. I understand and I appreciate the texts,” Kahne said. “At the same time, we’re trying to get in the Chase. It hurts when you get wiped out when you’re minding your own business. It’s happened enough this year that I don’t know what I can do about it, but I definitely am not pleased. It’s really annoying and upsetting.”
Emotions are high right now, with only four races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kahne is in 12th place in the Cup standings, although with two victories he’s in good shape for a wild card if he doesn’t make the top 10.
His 34th-place showing at Watkins Glen didn’t help matters, of course. It was the fourth time this season he was taken out by a Joe Gibbs Racing driver, including three times by Kyle Busch, who won Sunday’s race.
“Well, just looking at the incidents with (Kenseth) and Kyle, we’ve always had conversations after the fact. They’ve explained and felt bad about it. Truthfully, Kyle races me really good all the time. It’s not really on my mind when I’m racing with Kyle,” Kahne said. “Matt has been pretty tough on me a lot this year. He got me there. That’s definitely on my mind. I just kind of see things the way I see it.”