“Kasey’s come out on the losing end three times,” Johnson said of his teammate. “It’s not like Kyle has an issue; it’s just stuff. I had it with Kurt (Busch) and also Sterling Marlin in 2003-04. It’s no fun when it happens and you have a magnet for (another) car.”
Once a driver starts to have repeated incidents with the same driver, it can be difficult to stop, Johnson said.
“The way I’ve been able to break the cycle is you just have to consciously get away,” he said. “If it goes to the third time, it’s OK, if I see you coming I’m getting the hell out of the way. You have to try to make it stop that way.”
Busch is frustrated beyond the incidents with Kahne. He led 265 of 367 laps at Darlington but a tire problem caused him to fade at the end and finish sixth. It was the 11th time Busch has led at least 200 laps in a Sprint Cup race, yet he’s only won four of those.
“If you lead 260 whatever laps and don’t win, it’s a lost race, it’s gone, it means nothing. It is what it is,” Busch said. “On the flipside, if you can only lead one lap and lead the last one and win any race, I’d have that happen every single week. It’s all about taking home the trophy and the checkered flag, it’s not necessarily about how many laps you lead.
“When you lead all those laps it shows that you’re good, you’re team’s good, you’re car’s good and everything else, but it just goes to show you how much bad luck (Busch) has.”