Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne have made a habit out of racing near each other in recent weeks. In both instances Kahne has seen his day ended with a torn up race car.
Speaking at Charlotte Motor Speedway in preparation for the Sprint All-Star race the driver of the No. 18 Toyota said even with the recent accidents he would not chance his approach to racing Kahne in the future.
“You race him (Kasey Kahne) just has hard as you race him any other week.” Busch said.
Kahne hit the wall after trying a cross over move on Busch with 30 laps to go in last weeks race in Darlington, S.C. Neither Kahne or Busch are certain that they touched and video replays shed no additional light.
“Whether or not we touched, I think that’s insignificant because I’m not racing to wreck Kasey Kahne, but Kasey Kahne did crash because of me so it’s a part of hard racing at the end of the race and I hate that it keeps being the same guy, but if it were a Matt Kenseth on a Tony Stewart we probably wouldn’t see a story.”
The two drivers have communicated since the latest wreck and Busch understands if there is retaliation.
“Racing up front, racing hard I’m sure there would be a moment where it could come back on me and I expect it, it’s fine. I just told Kasey, I said, ‘Just don’t make it hurt too bad.”
“I don’t think Kasey (Kahne) is that kind of guy, but if it happens I’ll understand.”
A win in the All-Star race would be the second in as many nights for Busch at Charlotte as he won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night.