Jimmie Johnson was able to recover from his crash at Pocono while Kasey Kahne wasn't.
Johnson was pitting near the halfway point of Sunday's race when he and crew chief Chad Knaus elected to take two tires. As Johnson left his pit box earlier than he would have if he got four tires, he made contact with Marcos Ambrose, who was trying to enter his pit stall a few spots down from Johnson's.
The crash spun Johnson's car around -- thankfully he hit the brakes before he hit any of Ambrose's crew members -- and damaged the right-front of his car. But his team was able to repair the damage enough to allow Johnson to drive through the field and finish sixth.
If only his Hendrick teammate Kahne was so lucky.
Kahne hit so hard that his car must have either lost the brakes or stuck the throttle, because his car smashed into the outside wall uncontrollably in turn two again before he finally came to a stop and was able to climb out of the car.
Following the race, TNT said Kahne declined a post-race interview because he wasn't feeling well after the crash. His team immediately disputed TNT's report.
.@kaseykahne spoke w/ media outside infield care center. TV unfortunately was not there, but he was available. He was feeling fine as well.— Megan Whiteside (@Hendrick5Team) June 8, 2014
Kahne ended up 42nd, his third finish worse than 35th this season and fell to 21st in the standings.
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