Kasey Kahne annoyed with Joe Gibbs drivers after Watkins Glen

Posted Aug 16, 2013 by Lizz Riggs
Kahne is frustrated after his Watkins Glen wreck, but he's not only annoyed at Matt Kenseth. He's upset about a series of wrecks involving Joe Gibbs Racing drivers this season.
Kasey Kahne, driver of the number 5 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was involved in a wreck at Watkins Glen this past Sunday with just eight laps to go. This wreck took him from running in 11th place to finishing 34th.
Matt Kenseth willingly took the blame for Sunday's wreck, and texted Kahne several times to explain what happened.
"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 told reporters at a teleconference this Wednesday. "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."
Kenseth told USA Today: "It was unfortunate. I should have been more aware of my surroundings. I didn't know (Ambrose) was having a problem and would go so slow through the esses and I'd have to take evasive action. Unfortunately it triggered a wreck. It all happened so fast, I didn't really understand it. (Earnhardt) thought I was mad at (Ambrose). I don't think he knew (Ambrose) had some sort of problem, and I ran up on him so quick. I didn't know (Kahne) was outside of me. It was certainly my fault. I should have been able to (slow down) and somehow miss that, but that's such a tight, fast part of the track."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was also involved in the wreck, and admitted it looks like Kenseth was getting back at Marcos Ambrose, but Kenseth told reporters that that wasn't the case.
"You hate to cause wrecks, and when you do, you really hate it when your friends are in it," Kenseth said. "I felt as bad as anybody about that. It's one thing to take yourself out because of circumstances, but I always hate when other people get involved in it."
“I don’t like not being in the top 10, but I feel a lot more secure and I feel like our chances are a lot better because of the Pocono win after falling out of the top 10 (and) getting wiped out at the Glen,” Kahne said.
Kahne recently entered the top 10 after a 3rd place finish at the Brickyard and a victory at Pocono.
Kahne's 34th place finish caused him to drop in the overall Sprint Cup standings from 8th to 12th place. This was a hard blow, but the fact is, it's not the first wreck of the year where Kahne has made contact with a Joe Gibb Racing driver.
“The whole Gibbs thing, it was the fourth time this year that a Gibbs car has crashed me. … We’ve lost tons and tons because of those guys and it doesn’t sit real well with me at all.”
Kahne has been involved in wrecks three times this year with Kenseth's teammate, Kyle Busch: in February at Daytona, at Talladega in May and at Darlington in the same month. Kahne also was involved in a crash involving Marcos Ambrose at Daytona in July. He has been involved in five crashes this year where he felt he was taken out while doing nothing wrong.
“It kind of makes me think,” Kahne said. “Maybe I need to start taking cars out. But I haven’t. It just hasn’t happened to me.”
Despite his 12th place spot in the standings right now, Kahne has two wins this season, and continues to be a serious wildcard contender.
“All you can do to change your luck is work hard and do the right things,” Kahne said. “I try to be a good person and try to work hard before the races and be as prepared as I can be when I get there.
“I race people the way I expect to get raced. I don’t crash people and I’ve still gotten wiped out five times this year. It’s discouraging, but I just think I keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully they all figure it out. Hopefully it just quits.”
The drivers are at Michigan International Speedway this week, with just four more races to the Chase for the Sprint Cup.