Bristol, TN- Kasey Kahne vowed to take his revenge on any of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers after getting wrecked near the end of the Watkins Glen race two weeks ago.
Just weeks ago, he was wrecked by Matt Kenseth near the end of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen and took to Twitter with his displeasures.
He had his chance Saturday night in the closing stages of the Irwin Tools Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway but couldn’t capitalize.
Kenseth outlasted Kahne for his series leading fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season and clinched a spot in the 2013 Chase for the Cup in doing so. Kahne was tied with Jimmie Johnson entering the race with four victories as the duo clinched Chase spots Saturday night.
Kahne was disappointed in his runner-up efforts but glad to escape Bristol unscathed and still in the hunt for a Chase spot.
“I just don’t wreck people,” said Kahne.
It was the third time this season he finished runner-up to Kenseth. He moved up to eighth in the standings with two races to go before the Chase starts.
“I had the better car I just couldn’t clear him,” the spring Bristol race winner said. “There was a couple of shots I took and I have to have been close. It’s disappointing not to win here.”
Juan Pablo Montoya, who learned just over a week ago he wouldn’t return to Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing next season, finished third in the 500 Lap race.
“I’m still running until the end of the year with Target and I want to make sure I can do the best for them,” Montoya said.
New Hampshire winner Brian Vickers finished fourth after starting there while Joey Logano rounded out the top five in tonight’s race.
The series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the annual Labor Day classic next weekend as the battle to make the Chase heats up even more. Johnson, Kenseth and Clint Bowyer have all locked their way into the Chase as there’s still nine more spots up for grabs.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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