Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway was much like the entire 2014 season has been thus far for Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 team.
Late in the race Kahne got into the wall after Kyle Busch ran him up the track. After hitting the wall Carl Edwards got into the back of the No. 5 machine because Edwards simply had nowhere to go. Kahne would then slap the wall again as damage from the initial hit made the car impossible to turn. Luckily, Kahne was able to climb out of the car and all was well.
Although Kahne is fine, all is not fine between him and Busch. During the radio broadcast of the race Kahne shared his thoughts on what had happened with Busch.
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 that I would pass him back because I just had. So he just floored it and didn’t care there was someone out there and ran me right in the wall.
For Kahne it is simply another chapter in a season that he would most likely like to forget. After 14 races this season Kahne currently sits 22nd in the points. Kahne has only amassed one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes thus far. He has also finishes five races 22nd or worse this season. It also doesn’t help that he is the only driver on his team that hasn’t won in 2014. In fact, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have not only won but they have each won twice.
Kahne’s slow start in 2014 isn’t all of his own doing. Bad luck combined with poor strategy and pit crew mistakes have doomed some of his efforts this season. However, at the end of the day none of that matters. Kahne and the No. 5 team need to find a way to overcome and win a race if they plan on joining the rest of their teammates in the chase.