Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne Accident Quotes

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS – INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR CRASH ON LAP 51

ON WHAT HAPPENED:
“We had a real bad problem at the first run, the splitter was on the ground real bad. I was really tight and couldn’t run anywhere, but up against the wall. We made some adjustments to help the car and the splitter was still on the ground really bad. I got in a bad area with the wind and the air and it just got loose and spun out. The same thing that happened at Daytona to us. We just got to look at what we are doing on our adjustments and try not to do that."

‘We were real tight. The splitter was on the ground real bad the whole first run and we took some rounds out of the back and that really made the car too loose off the corner. Same thing we did at Daytona. We’ve just go to look at our adjustments a little bit different."

WOULD FOUR TIRES ON THAT LAST STOP HAVE HELPED?

“No, I don’t know; I don’t think so. It gets loose and the car wasn’t driving very well. If was on the splitter real bad the first run. You know, the tight through the center on the splitter and it swings it back on exit and then you’re in that pack in the middle without air and no real downforce on the back of the car and it just gets loose."

ON WHAT HAPPENED:
“Just got loose. I was in a bad spot with the wind. It pinned the nose real hard off the corner and the car was a little bit loose off the corner that run. Real, real tight the first run that is why we fell back, we were just on the splitter real bad pushing. I could only run the top, I couldn’t even run the middle or the bottom because the car just would plow across the race track. So, we missed something this morning, I don’t know, but the thing shouldn't’t have been on the splitter that hard. We couldn’t fix that. You have to put packer in the front or something when it is on the splitter as bad as it was. It was still on the splitter that second run. I had a lot of wheel in the car in the middle of the corner and then the back was swinging on the exit with the adjustments we made on the pit stop. Just a bad combination."

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR CRASH ON LAP 51

WHAT HAPPENED FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
“I couldn’t really tell what happened. I know Dale (Earnhardt, Jr.) went to go left and then came back right. I’m not sure exactly why, maybe there was something in front of him that happened, I don’t know. We had a great car. We had a really good Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. I’m surprised something like that happened right then. It wasn’t like it was four-wide or anything. It was fairly simple at that point in time I thought."

WERE GUYS BEING REALLY AGGRESSIVE DUE TO THE WEATHER?
“Guys were being aggressive and it felt like it was late in the race the whole race. That first run was as wide-open as I’ve had it. As I remember it in a while at times of the first run, probably three-quarters of that first run. It was pretty wild how all that went down, but we had a good car. It was going to be a strong race if we just stayed out of trouble."

WHAT DID YOU SEE?
“I saw the No. 88 went left and then he came back right spinning in front of me. So, I didn’t really know exactly what happened. We didn’t have anywhere to go once he came back across the track. We were done at that point, but we had a great Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. I felt really fast. I got in with the Gibbs guys because they stick to their plan. They were doing a really good job of it. I just got in with them and we were running and something happened on the pit stop. I’m not exactly sure there. I don’t think it was our team because our guys are strong as can be on pit road. So, we got back, but we were coming back through we had a good car."

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