Late race crash wrecks Kahne’s Top 10 finish

With a dozen laps to go in the Pepsi 500 from Fontana, Calif., Sunday, it looked like Enumclaw NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne would earn another Top 10 finish and make a big leap out of the No. 11 spot in the chase for the champioship.

Instead, he and the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge were skidding through the infield grass after getting a bump from Kurt Bush one lap after a restart with 11 to go.

“I was following the 44, so I can’t see anything,” Kahne said. “He (AJ Allmendinger) turned left to miss the wreck and I hit the wreck. I never heard that there was a wreck, so I hit it. We had a top six or seven car. Kurt (Busch) screwed up and we got in his mess. From there, we got in this wreck. It’s disappointing to go out of the race like that when we had a good car.”

Kahne’s crew repaired the damage and got the No. 9 back on the track, only to be part of another crash in the closing laps. He finished 34th.

Jimmie Johnson went on to win the race and take the points lead away from Mark Martin.

Racing continues Sunday from Charlotte, N.C. Television coverage begins at 4 p.m. on ABC.

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