While the NASCAR industry will enjoy the Easter weekend off, NASCAR's competition brass has some work to do following the Auto Club 400 weekend in California.
Patrick walked up toward Kahne's car under caution and held out her hands in a "what was that?" fashion as Kahne drove around under caution after turning her and sending her hard into the Auto Club Speedway wall.
NASCAR instituted a rule in 2014 after the Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy -- Ward, in a non-NASCAR sprint-car event, walked on to a track and was struck and killed by Tony Stewart, who has said he did not see Ward until the last moment -- and has fined drivers for leaving the area of their cars to motion at drivers as they pedal under caution.
Last year, Jennifer Jo Cobb was fined $5,000 for walking up the track during a Camping World Truck Series race at Dover. Sprint Cup fines are typically larger than truck fines, although whether Patrick walked far enough up the track for NASCAR to consider fining her will likely be discussed this week.
Fines and penalties typically now are announced Wednesday afternoon instead of Tuesday afternoon as in previous years.
It is unlikely that Kahne will face any additional penalties but it is so rare that a driver gets hooked like that, NASCAR probably wanted at least to talk to him.
"I don't see the NASCAR hauler very often other than signing in on Friday mornings, so, yeah, I had to go talk to them," Kahne said. "They just wanted to make sure that everything is OK from my perspective and that there were no hard feelings prior to the wreck or anything like that."
Kahne, who was called to the hauler after the race, swore it wasn't intentional.
"I've never had an issue with Danica at all," Kahne said. "It was an avoidable accident in the middle of the straightaway that was far from anything but just trying to hold my position that I had just gained."
Actually, Kahne was a lap down at the time and Patrick was on the lead lap. Kahne is 18th in the Sprint Cup standings as he tries to bounce back from a couple of frustrating seasons. Patrick fell five spots to 29th after being knocked out of the race because of the crash.
"I saw him chase me down the track and then the next thing I know I was getting spun up the track," Patrick said. "I was passing him. He was behind me in the right rear.
"I don't know what kind of day he was having. ... I feel bad if he felt like he was put in a position to have to be that desperate a lap down. It's just unfortunate; he must be having a very tough time."
Kahne said he had just passed her and was trying to keep her from passing him back.
"I passed her in [Turns] 3 and 4 and then she had the momentum off the top and went back under me going down the frontstretch, so I went just to kind of catch a side draft to make sure I was in position getting into Turn 1 and it didn't hold me up when I got there because I was the one coming," he said.
"I just got too close and the car was moving around and we hit and she had a bad wreck. I felt really bad because it was far from anything than just trying to hold my position."
As far as Busch, he tweeted that he expects a fine this week. That fine most likely will stem from an in-car radio rant after the Xfinity Series race where he thanked NASCAR for fixing the race by not throwing a caution for his flat tire on the final lap.
Busch declined to talk to the media after the race Saturday and tweeted Sunday night in response to a fan comment that, "By not doing interview, I'll b getting a discount on my fine on Tuesday."
While the NASCAR rule book requires second-place finishers to come to the media center, it allows NASCAR to authorize a driver to skip those obligations. If it wasn't authorized, Busch could face additional penalties, although NASCAR has a history in the past six months of not forcing Sprint Cup drivers who finish second in the Xfinity Series to come to the media center.
NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell also told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday that NASCAR will look into Martin Truex Jr.'s crew chief Cole Pearn's tweet following the race. He tweeted that Joey Logano can't see through his "squinty ... eyes."
Xfinity: Austin Dillon breaks Kyle Busch streak
Austin Dillon needed Busch to blow a tire and Daniel Suarez to run out of gas, but he got both of those things to give Richard Childress Racing its first win of the season and snap a three-race winning streak for Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing.
This still was a Sprint Cup driver winning an Xfinity race -- no Xfinity regular has won in the first five events as Chase Elliott grabbed the trophy in the season opener.
Dillon is used to winning in the Xfinity Series. He had four last year and one this year to go with two during his rookie season. Ironically, he didn't win a race in the year where he won the championship.
Those wins last year helped give Dillon confidence he could perform in Sprint Cup. He figured if he was beating the drivers Saturday that he was competing against Sunday, it wasn't just driver that made the difference.
"Sometimes things just go your way. ... We kind of stole one," Dillon said.
It was one for the memory books -- for both Dillon and Busch, whose potential fine for the rant is one of the arguments against him running the series. But JGR typically will take the bad with the more often good that a solid day Saturday helps Busch more mentally for Sunday.
For Dillon, he figured it would help. He won a race in what some would consider the coolest of fashions.
"I've never had a fuel mileage [victory]," Dillon said. "These are like the chess-match wins, I think you could see. This is a fun one for me."