NASCAR and Homestead-Miami Speedway officials declined to comment Saturday on details of a Friday night incident involving driving Kasey Kahne and a track security guard.
Aside from confirming that an incident took place, NASCAR and track officials referred inquiries to the Homestead Police Department. Messages left with two officers at the department, however, were not returned.
“There was some kind of misunderstanding at the gate,” said Ray Evernham, Kahne’s Nextel Cup car owner. “I really don’t have a lot more information than that.”
A team spokesman said Kahne was still dressed in his driver’s suit following an early evening Busch Series practice and was attempting to get back to his motor home to change before going to a sponsor function in Key Largo.
According to a NASCAR.com report, Kahne’s brother, Kale, was stopped at the gate to the motor home lot because he could not present credentials for admittance. Kasey Kahne tried to intercede on his brother’s behalf and a physical confrontation ensued. NASCAR.com reported that the security guard was pushed to the ground.
Track officials would not provide the security guard’s name or even confirm that he worked for the speedway.
Several sources in the NASCAR garage said Saturday that guards were told to check credentials before allowing access to the motor home area after several unruly people without those credentials had to be ejected from that area earlier in the day.