NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
R
Daytona Clash
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Next event in
21 days
08 Feb
-
16 Feb
Next event in
21 days
R
Las Vegas
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Next event in
34 days
R
Fontana
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Next event in
41 days
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
48 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
55 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
62 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
69 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
76 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
90 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
97 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
104 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
110 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
118 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
125 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
132 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
139 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
146 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
153 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
160 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
167 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
173 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
181 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
202 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
209 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
216 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
222 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
230 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
236 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
243 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
251 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
258 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
265 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
272 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
279 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
286 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
293 days

Kahne to retire from NASCAR after turning down '19 offer

shares
comments
Kahne to retire from NASCAR after turning down '19 offer
By:
Aug 16, 2018, 12:47 PM

Kasey Kahne will retire from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of the year, having turned down an option to continue racing with Cup series outfit Leavine Racing in 2019.

Kahne, 38, switched to Leavine after a disappointing spell at Hendrick Motorsports, winning just six races in his six-year spell with the team.

His last Cup victory came at Indianapolis in 2017, ending a 31-month winless streak, and Kahne claimed to be "glad" he was leaving Hendrick with a year left on his contract. 

Kahne has struggled at minnow outfit Leavine, which runs with support from Richard Childress Racing during 2018 and switched crew chief ahead of Sonoma in June and took his only top-five finish of the season when he finished fourth at Daytona two races later.

"I've thought about this decision for many months, if not longer," said Kahne on his Twitter account. "It's time for me to step away from racing in NASCAR full-time.

"I appreciate everything LFR has done for me this season and offering me the opportunity to race in 2019. However, racing in Cup full-time for a few more years was just something that I couldn't commit too."

Kahne added he was content with his decision, even though his post-NASCAR future is undecided.

"I'm not sure what the future holds for me, but I know I'm at ease with the decision that I have made. The highs didn't outweigh the lows and the gruelling schedule takes a toll on your quality of life.

"I need to spend time doing the things I enjoy and love and that's spending time with [son] Tanner and my sprint car teams.

"I've had a great career in racing and met so many amazing people and fans along the way, some that I'll remain in touch with for life.

"We still have some work to do this year in the #95 car and I look forward to finishing the season with this team."

Kahne's best season in NASCAR was 2012 when he made up for a slow start to his debut season with Hendrick to finish fourth in the series, boosted by a run of seven straight top 10 finishes.

He broke through into the top tier back in 2004 with Evernham Motorsports after replacing Bill Elliott, and he almost won a series of races in his maiden year and became the rookie of the season.

Kahne remained with the team when it later merged with Richard Petty Motorsports and was released from his contract at the end of 2010, joining what was then Red Bull Racing for the following year ahead of his switch to Hendrick in '12. 

 

Next article
NASCAR Roundtable: What makes the Bristol night race special

Previous article

NASCAR Roundtable: What makes the Bristol night race special

Next article

Kasey Kahne declined chance to discuss ride at Stewart-Haas Racing

Kasey Kahne declined chance to discuss ride at Stewart-Haas Racing
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne
Teams Leavine Family Racing
Author Tom Errington