Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne talk about Richmond incident

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Rookie Erik Jones said he and Kasey Kahne talked after last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway about the contact that caused Jones to crash on Lap 5 and finish last.

Jones was frustrated with Kahne after the incident, saying that Kahne “ran us up into the fence’’ on the opening lap. Jones said the contact led to a cut tire that caused him to crash.

Friday, Jones addressed his matter with Kahne.

“He talked to me right after the race,’’ Jones said. “He got a hold of me, and that’s as much as you can really do, obviously. It’s not a situation that’s comfortable for either driver. You know, you don’t want to really have to have that discussion, but it was nice and very forward of Kasey to do that. It’s just unfortunate.

“You know, he said that he made a mistake, and it’s going to happen. It’s racing. But it’s just frustrating it was Lap 1. It’s still kind of frustrating to think about that. You know, it’s a 400‑lap race. We’ve got plenty of time, and just to get taken out on Lap 1 is really the most frustrating thing you can have in a race. It’s kind of the first time I’ve had that, especially at this level, and it’s just bummer, so you’ve just kind of got to move on at this point.”

Jones is 16th in the points heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Since placing 39th in the Daytona 500, Jones has placed in the top 20 in six of the next eight races.

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