The Frontstretch: Top 10 Reasons Kasey Kahne Left the Track Early on Saturday Night by Doug Turnbull -- Wednesday October 20, 2010

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Top 10 Reasons Kasey Kahne Left the Track Early on Saturday Night

Doug Turnbull · Wednesday October 20, 2010


Kasey Kahne endured more hard luck Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the brakes on his No. 9 Budweiser Ford failed and caused him to crash early in the race. Fed up with what he described as a rash of brake problems and claiming illness, Kahne exited the track promptly after the crash and was nowhere to be found when his team repaired the car, forcing Richard Petty Motorsports to enlist J.J. Yeley as a fill-in driver. With lame duck status having loomed over Kahne for months as the No. 9 team has languished in performance, many speculate that Kahne was “ill” with frustration more than sickness … especially since he ran a 5k the next morning. With all this info factored together, here are 10 alternative reasons for Kahne’s early departure from Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Bank of America 500.

Not seen in this picture are the tools Kahne used to sever his brake lines. There was no way he was going to let himself miss another of Brian’s alcohol-fueled romps through a CMS suite.

10. Contract with Richard Petty Motorsports poorly written and set to expire at 9:00 PM Saturday night.

9. The Red Bull girls held cans of the energy drink on a fishing pole and lured him from the No. 9 garage.

8. Out of benevolence, he wanted to give J.J. Yeley a chance to drive the best equipment he’s seen in three years.

7. He couldn’t stand the thought of being outrun by teammates Paul Menard and Elliott Sadler again.

6. He didn’t want to get dumped on another restart again by A.J. Allmendinger.

5. Massive brake failure on his motor home forced the early departure.

4. Michael McDowell offered to buy him Waffle House if he could hitch a ride in Kahne’s jet.

3. There’s no way he could outrun the pointy front end of Richard Petty’s boot.

2. Didn’t want to miss the “Scotch and Rocks Party” in Brian France’s suite at CMS.

1. Because making laps for points in a damaged car is worthless during the Chase.

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10/20/2010 09:22 AM

With the way that Brian France has destroyed the competition of the last 10 races of the season, I wouldn’t blame “ANY” driver for walking out. As a fan, I am ready to walk away. Brian France needs to wake up from his ‘network money’ high and realize that its not going to get any better, and if he keeps messing with it, it will only get worse. ‘RESTORE NASCAR BEFORE ITS TOO LATE

10/20/2010 09:40 AM

I don’t blame Kasey, he’s been a good soldier for last couple of years. I don’t think he was ever on board with the whole RPM venture. I’m sure if he knew Evernham Motorspors was going to fall apart he would have never signed his original extension. This feels a lot like the Kurt Busch/Roush break-up in 2005. They need to let Kasey leave for Red Bull early.