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Kahne under investigation for shoving incident with security guard

11/17/2007 - NASCAR

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Police are investigating an incident that
took place Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway involving NASCAR
driver Kasey Kahne and an unidentified security guard.

Following Friday's final
practice, Kahne allegedly pushed the guard to the ground over an argument about a credential for Kahne's brother, Kale. Kahne reportedly is under investigation by the Homestead Police Department.

"Kasey said it all just a big misunderstanding," said Denny Darnell, spokesman for Gillette Evernham Motorsports. "That's the only comment we'll have about it."

NASCAR officials would not comment on the incident, saying GEM officials should handle it.

Kahne, still in his driving uniform, attempted to walk around
the guard and, according to the spokesman, the two bumped and, when
Kahne turned around, the guard was on the ground.

Police were called and Kahne spent several minutes in handcuffs
before being released. The security guard was checked and released
at the infield medical center.

A police spokesman said the incident is under investigation by
detectives and he was not at liberty to talk about specifics.

Kahne took part in Saturday's Cup practices and will start
Sunday's season-ending Ford 400 third in the 43-car field.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.