Kahne, who started 27th had made an appearance inside the top five and was making his way back through the field after a pit stop. On lap 142 while just outside the top 10 Kahne was exiting turn 1 when he was suddenly seen careening into the wall. After the initial hit, which swept up driver Carl Edwards, Kahne again hit the wall eventually sliding to a stop.
“I saw Kasey hit the wall really hard,” Edwards said. “I tried to avoid it but there was oil all over the track and I plowed into the back of him. Everyone did a good job of missing me but man Kasey hit hard. I hope he is alright.”
Kahne was okay after the accident, and later put the blame squarely on Kyle Busch.
“I had just passed Kyle (Busch) and I caught (Ryan) Newman I was passing him off Turn 3,” Busch said. “We were side-by-side so Kyle was able to get a good draft down the straightaway. We got to Turn 1 and I was on the outside and then he knew if he didn’t clear me there then I would pass him back because I just had. He just floored it and didn’t care there was someone out there and ran me right in the wall. We both ended up wrecking.”
“I think he wrecked a little bit,” he added. “But I hit a good bit harder once we hit my car just went hard right.”
Busch suffered damage to his Toyota and was forced to pit for repairs. He was able to finish 12th. Kahne was scored in 42nd, Edwards just ahead in 41st. Busch left the track without comment.