Daytona 500 2012: Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski Crash In Practice

Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski were both spun in similar incidents during practice for the 2012 Gatorade Duels at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday – though in separate sessions.

What wasn't similar was the amount of damage each driver's car sustained in the incidents.

In the first practice, Keselowski was spun by Clint Bowyer when the driver of the No. 2 car tried to avoid Ryan Newman's car directly in front of him. Keselowski's brief change in direction was enough for Bowyer to turn him, sending the Penske Racing driver into the grass.

Keselowski's team was then able to fix the car without requiring a backup.

But that wasn't the case for Kahne's No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports ride.

Kahne was spun by Juan Pablo Montoya in Wednesday's second practice, and the ensuing slide through the frontstretch grass tore off part of the car's nose.

The team pulled out its backup car, which means Kahne will have to start at the rear of Thursday's Gatorade Duel (Kahne is in the second of the two 150-mile qualifying races).

"It's hard to point fingers at anyone, you know?" Kahne said. "It's just that everybody is trying to get speed and go. But I didn't spin out by myself. But it's not like he was trying. He was trying to push you and get you going; he just hit me in the wrong spot at the wrong time."

The frequent spins and wrecks so far during Daytona Speedweeks could be a sign of things to come for the Daytona 500, but Kahne said they could also be avoided.

"It's all about where you hit him and where you hit him on the racetrack," he said. "And if you do it in the right spots, you're not going to have a wreck. If you do it in the wrong spots, you will.

"It's not intentional; it's just part of the racing and what we have right now and the way the cars are, but there's a way to do it and a way not to do it if you're going to wreck or not."

Kahne said the team would be fine with its backup car, but the problem is it has no more spare vehicles after that.

"We still have the 150's and a couple more practices," he said. "We haven't gotten off to a real good start yet. We might need to bring more cars down at this rate."

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