CONCORD, N.C. -- Kyle Busch maintains that what happened between him and Kasey Kahne last weekend at Darlington was unintentional and just the byproduct of hard racing. Busch says the two drivers have since "communicated" and that he plans to race Kahne the same way he always has for the rest of the season.
The two were racing for the lead at Darlington following a lap-332 restart when Busch went straight into the corner, slid up the track and appeared to take air off the back of Kahne's Chevrolet. The maneuver sent Kahne spinning into the wall and blaming Busch for costing him a chance at the victory.
Darlington was the third time this season that the two have clashed, following a pair of altercations at Daytona and Talladega. Busch said on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that what happened in their first two accidents were merely mistakes, with Darlington a matter of just racing for the win.
"He checked up at Daytona and I got into the back of him," Busch said. "Talladega was a mistake and last week was just hard racing. It's all about track position in these races. For us, we were racing as hard as we could. He pulled a huge slide job in Turn 3. I got back to his inside. I'd been running down there on the flat all night. But it doesn't matter if we touched because either way, I caused it.
"But you can't just pull over and let him go either. If I hadn't pulled back under him, with track position like it is, I may not have gotten a second chance to get back around."
Busch says he doesn't expect any retaliation from Kahne but wouldn't be too upset if it happened. He just hopes that if payback does come, Kahne won't make it "hurt too bad."
"Racing up front, racing hard, I'm sure there will be a moment he could come back on me," Busch said. "I expect it and it's fine ... But I don't think Kasey is that kind of guy. But if it happens, I'll understand."