“It was just close racing really," Kahne said about his accident with Busch. "He messed his entry up; he entered early and then couldn't turn once he did that, so he was just kind of going straight across the track. I was like, 'Figure it out.' If he would just figure it out we wouldn't have any issues.
"I have never even ran into the guy, so it's kind of crazy," he added. "I think he just struggles racing me and he just made an error as far as his entry - like he entered so early and had no steering. You figure that out throughout the whole race; he passed so many lap cars he knew what was going to happen. He tried to stop but he couldn't slow down at that point.
"I don't know, he just kind of just screwed up again - this is his third time this year he has screwed up [while racing me]," signed a frustrated Kahne, although any contact with the #18 had been very light and there didn't appear to be any visible damage on the JGR car.
The fifth and final caution of the night set up the last restart of the race on lap 333 after more than three hours of competition, with Busch taking point alongside his team mate Matt Kenseth. Busch initially leapt away at the front, but that late issue with the flat right rear tyre on the #18 severely handicapped the car and allowed Kenseth to claim the win while Busch struggled to bring his car home without wrecking in sight of the chequered flag.
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