Kasey Kahne’s Chase for the Sprint Cup chances were dented on Sunday after contact from Matt Kenseth. And for the driver of the No. 5 Farmers’ Insurance Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, it’s not the first time he’s felt wronged by someone from the Joe Gibbs Racing camp.
“I wasn’t happy about Matt crashing me at Watkins Glen at all,” Kahne said Wednesday in a media teleconference. “I feel like we had a great car and we were trying to make moves, come up through there. I don’t know if he had a problem with (Marcos) Ambrose. He said he didn’t. Other people around, seemed like he might have.
“I don’t know what happened. I just know he missed the corner, wiped me out. I gave them guys plenty of room. It was frustrating to get crashed at that point in the race for something like that.
“The whole Gibbs thing, this is the fourth time this year a Gibbs car has crashed me when I’ve been running. I mean, that was 11th. But the others were for first, second, fifth. We’ve lost tons and tons of points because of those guys. It doesn’t sit real well with me at all.”
Kahne said he received several texts from Kenseth offering apologies, a nice gesture but small consolation for the lost points.
“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.
“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.”
Additionally and interestingly, he said Kenseth has raced him harder, and less tactfully, than Kenseth’s JGR teammate Kyle Busch.
“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. I would expect a little difference out of him, but you never know. “