Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
Kahne, Vickers Disagree Over Incidents
On lap 161 of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers were battling for position. Kahne bumped Vickers, sliding him up the track. Kahne then turned under him in an attempt to pass.
Kahne hit the curb as Vickers squeezed him down. Kahne and Vickers got together and Vickers spun, hitting the wall.
Kahne said after the race:
I was passing [Vickers] and he ran me into the Turn 2 wall, or he was going to, so I lifted and he blocked into 3, so I turned to go low and then he comes low. So, he spun himself out. I think he thought I had spun him out. I was just trying to get by him. I tried right, I tried left. He was using every lane. I don’t really understand why he was so mad. I was surprised when he spun me later, that he was even mad at me.
Vickers’s spotter had a different take. “He just turned you,” his spotter said over the radio after the incident.
On lap 222, Vickers retaliated. He spun Kahne, turning Kahne into the wall, heavily damaging the rear end of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevy. Vickers also made contact with the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski. Keselowski was able to continue.
Vickers said, sarcastically over the radio:
The car just went straight when I got down to [Turn] 1. Be sure and check that splitter. Something must be wrong.
On lap 279, Kahne’s repaired Chevy was behind Vickers going into Turn 1 when he retaliated, spinning Vickers. Vickers radioed his team:
Alright, we owe him another. We can do this all day long.
NASCAR disagreed. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Event Director David Hoots said:
Tell the [No.] 5 and [No.] 55 it’s over. It’s done.
Kahne was eventually involved in a incident later that ended his day. He finished 40th. Vickers finished 27th.