Kasey Kahne to pilot No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevy in NCWTS race at Charlotte.
JR Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Kasey Kahne will pilot the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevy in the Craftsman Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15.
Thanks to Kelley, Dale Jr. and Gene Haas for putting this deal together. I haven’t been in a truck race in a long time, but I always enjoy racing in that series.
It’s the first truck race for Kahne since he won at Rockingham Speedway in 2012. And recruiting a veteran such as Kahne for the seat will enable JRM assess the team’s progress on intermediate tracks given that Cole Custer, 17, is unable to compete on tracks longer than a mile.
“Getting Kasey behind the wheel of the No. 00 is going to be a true asset for the team and Cole,” said JRM’s Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “With Cole’s age, he’s not eligible to compete on some of the bigger tracks, so we had to limit the schedule based on that fact. This opportunity to have Kasey in the truck will help the team evaluate our program on an intermediate track. And Kasey’s stats in that series really speak to his talent.”
Kahne, 35, campaigns in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series. He’s currently ninth in the point standings. Kahne boasts 17 wins in Cup, eight victories in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series and four wins in trucks - in five career starts. Kahne has also led a remarkable 307 laps of the 686 circuits he’s competed in a truck.
“I’m looking forward to running the truck race at Charlotte for JR Motorsports,” said Kahne. “They had a fast truck in the Martinsville race and have a great program going over there. Thanks to Kelley, Dale Jr. and Gene Haas for putting this deal together. I haven’t been in a truck race in a long time, but I always enjoy racing in that series.”
Custer, who made his debut with JRM at Martinsville Speedway in March, returns to the No. 00 Chevy at Dover International Speedway on May 29. The Ladera Ranch, Calif. native became the youngest driver to win a national touring series race last year with his victory from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he led 148 of 175 laps.