Carl Edwards wrecks Kasey Kahne in Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas

After a strong run throughout much of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne’s chances at victory slipped away after contact with Carl Edwards off Turn for with less than 75 laps to go.  

Kahne and Edwards were racing side-by-side off Turn 4 when Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota drifted up the track and squeezed Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet into the wall. Making hard contact with the outside wall, Kahne kept his foot in the throttle and stayed in step with Edwards’ No. 19.

Going into Turn 1, Kahne moved down the track and made contact with Edwards, who slid down the track and made contact with Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota. Edwards’ car slid through the corner in front of the field, down the apron and made contact with the inside wall.

While Kahne was able to continue on the lead lap, Edwards was forced to take his car behind the wall for further repairs.

As his crew worked to get the No. 19 Toyota back on track, Edwards took full blame for the incident.

"I was just racing as hard as I can. It’s completely my fault, Kasey did a good job," said Edwards. "I just got sucked up into him there off of (Turn) 4 and tore up the right side a little bit and got loose into Turn 1 and that was it. … That’s definitely my fault. I feel bad for Kasey."

Edwards would return to the track, but finished the day 42nd, 40 laps down to race winner Kevin Harvick. With the damage to his No. 5 Chevrolet, Kahne finished 17th, one lap down. 

After the race, Edwards talked with Kahne about the incident, but the Hendrick Motorsports driver was still frustrated. 

"He just talked to me. He just stayed in the gas," said Kahne. "We just needed a full another car worth of racing room there, and just plowed us into the wall. That was discouraging.

"We had a really good Time Warner Cable Chevy and felt like on the last 20 laps of a race run, we were the best car. Before that, Harvick definitely had us covered," he said. "It would have been a lot of fun to at least try to race him there at the end. See if we could catch him. It would have been interesting. He was really, really good and won today. But I feel like we had the second best car and we were really close."

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