The accident occurred when Kenseth, one of the cleanest drivers in the sport, was mixing it up aggressively with two-time defending Glen winner Marcos Ambrose. Kahne got the worst of it, though, which Kenseth took most of the responsibility for.
"I guess I must’ve hit Kasey," Kenseth said. "I don’t really know honestly. I went into Turn 1 sort of too wide and came off of (turn) 1 and I was three-wide on top, which was fine. We shoved up the middle and then I went to get back on the track and there’s no room to get back on the track. I didn’t know where I was supposed to go.
"So, I’m trying to get back on the track – me and Marcos hit a little bit and then by the time we got we got to the esses I wasn’t trying to get Marcos back," Kenseth said. "It probably looked like that. I was trying to carry my momentum so I didn’t have four more cars pass me and I just lost control of my car and went across and I guess somebody was outside of me. I guess it was Kasey. That part is my fault."
"I was trying to just get through there," Kahne said. "There were some openings there. I’m not sure what happened. I know I got hit in the left-rear. I know the No. 9 (Ambrose) was there and the No. 20 (Kenseth). I don’t know how it all happened because I haven’t seen it. I felt like I was kind of over on my side of the road, but I would have to see it to know for sure."
Regardless of fault, it was a tough result for Kahne, who was coming off a victory at Pocono last week and a third-place finish at the Brickyard 400. Entering Watkins Glen, Kahne was eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings, but his 34th-place finish dropped him to 12th.
Ironically, the winner of the race was Kyle Busch, who has wrecked Kahne three times so far this season.