Kahne wrecks during Daytona 500 practice, forced to a backup car
Kahne spun out coming off Turn 4 after getting a tap from behind by Juan Pablo Montoya. The tap sent Kahne into the tri-oval grass where the nose was ripped off his No. 5 Chevrolet. His team immediately pulled out the backup car.
“It’s hard to point fingers at anyone because everyone is trying to get speed and go, but I didn’t spin out by myself,” Kahne said. “It’s not like he was trying. He was trying to push me and get going; he just hit me in the wrong spot at the wrong time.”
Kahne will now start at the back of the field in Thursday’s Gatorade Duel 2. And though he’s confident in his backup car, it is his last one, meaning an incident in Thursday’s race would leave his team scrambling to find a backup for their backup.
“We have lots of cars and they do a nice job preparing,” Kahne said. “Our backup car is just as good. Problem is, we don’t have another one after that.”
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