Kasey Kahne Is Turning Into A Crybaby


I’ll admit, when Kasey Kahne took over Bill Elliott’s #9 car back in 2004, I was a big fan.

I started watching NASCAR in 2001, and immediately became a huge fan of Elliott’s. Looking back, I don’t remember why; I just know that I was. When he left his #9 car after the 2003 season, I decided to give the unheard-of Kahne a chance, and he didn’t disappoint.

I was a religious fan of Kahne’s for quite awhile. That is, until this year, when it appeared that his attitude began getting the best of him.

I’ve met Kasey in person, and I will say this about him: He is a great guy. I’ve met him three times, and he’s always treated me and the rest of his fans with the utmost respect.

But my problem with Kasey is this: Nothing is ever his fault, and he is never in the wrong. I first took serious notice of this at the Pocono race back in June, when Kahne pinned the blame for his horrific last-lap crash on teammate A.J. Allmendinger.

For those of you who don’t remember what happened, Kahne tried to pass Allmendinger on the inside going down the Long Pond straight. A.J. blocked, and Kahne took his car all the way to the bottom of the track. He proceeded to stick all four of his wheels into the wet grass, and spun out in front of the entire field.

Afterwards, he claimed that he didn’t usually talk to Allmendinger, and probably wouldn’t after that crash, either.

But while Kahne has shown signs of immaturity in the past(anybody remember the David Stremme incidents?), to date, the biggest example of that came this past weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kahne was running off the lead lap in the late-20s when he simply lost control of his car off Turn 4 in the middle of the race, and took out Sam Hornish Jr. in his wake. Kahne claims his brakes failed on him, which may very well be true.

But what else is true is the fact that Kahne quit on his team. After getting out of his car, an angry Kahne claims he got sick, and didn’t feel like getting back in the car. The next day, however, he did feel like running a 5K race.

Here’s the deal, plain and simple. Kasey Kahne is being paid millions of dollars to do something that 99.9% of Americans only wish they could do just once; that is, drive a car around a track at a very high rate of speed.

In other words, Kasey Kahne is very blessed to be able to do what he does. I don’t give a rat’s tail if the car didn’t have a steering wheel. For the 99.9% of us that will never get to drive a race car, Kahne should have climbed back in.

But no. Like Kyle Busch at Texas in 2007, and like Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Pocono in 2004, Kahne didn’t feel like driving the car anymore. He felt that the car was inferior to his abilities, and so, like a crybaby, he didn’t get back in.

As a fan, it is insulting to watch a driver as highly respected as Kasey Kahne act the way he does. When something doesn’t go his way, he pins the blame on somebody else. When things really don’t go his way, he quits on everybody. Himself, his team, and his fans.

We all know Kahne isn’t a perfect driver. He makes mistakes, just like everybody else. It’s what makes him human.

But knowing that, Kahne should not act like he thinks he’s a perfect driver. And to see him appear as if he thinks he’s superior to everybody else is troubling. I know he can be a bigger man than that.

In the meantime, Kasey Kahne is rapidly turning into a crybaby. And he needs to stop.

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  • Chris Jack

    Ben..you are completely and utterly wrong on this. I have watched the crash with AJ DumDumDinger 100x and Kasey did nothing wrong. He had the better car and his half retarded teammate wouldn’t move out of the way. Kasey has and always will be the first to admit when he is wrong. Jr. on the other hand has NEVER owned up to any of his “problems”, Juan Pablo whines and cries about everything, Kyle the Pyle cries when he loses and the rest of RPM will be boohooing next year with NO “Franchise” driver to speak of. So, you said in your post that you are a #9 fan but every thing I read about Kasey on here is negative. So, Ben YOU ARE WRONG!

  • Alan

    No Chris you are wrong. We all know you are a KK fan. And that is fine. Ben is a KK fan and he is right. In the garage area where you have never been, you will find the answers. You are right about Jr and JP, and do not forget about KH and KB nad KB etc. Do not let that sweet boy charm fool you. KK points the fingers at everyone but himself. Way too many primadonas in these race cars. Get the facts first before making a statement. KK is not and never will be Dale E. so keep all tires off the grass.

  • Alyssa

    You sir are a joke. You have no right to cal him a crybaby. RPM did him no favors, I wouldnt get back in a car that the team failed to help me fix. Kenny Francis asked to change brake fluids because his team had issues and was denied. What kind of team denies changes to make their team better. That organization is a cry baby for the fact their best driver is leaving them

  • Alyssa

    And dont try and say Kasey doesnt take blame, I have interview videos where he took the blame for driving the car to hard, so try again.

    • Ben Montedonico

      If they’re from this year, post them. I’d like to see them.

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  • Faith

    Ben, very well said…my thoughts exactly

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