Kasey Kahne was offered a ride for 2019, turns it down to head to the dirt track
Yesterday, Fernando Alonso and Elliott Sadler announced their retirement in F1 and NASCAR. Today, Kasey Kahne has joined them in announcing his retirement from full-time racing.
Kahne has spent the last 15 years of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 427 starts later, Kahne has collected 18 wins.
For 2018, Kahne was moved to Leavine Family Racing from Hendrick Motorsports. Rick Hendrick was still paying his contract, as he had another year with the driver.
For 2019, Leavine Family Racing offered a contract to Kasey Kahne. He has turned it down to spend time with family and head to the dirt tracks of America.
Kahne has released the following letter:
Kasey Kahne retirement letter
“I’ve thought about this decision for months, if not longer. 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 to race in 2019.”
“However, racing in cup full time for a few more years was just something that I couldn’t commit to. 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 high didn’t outweigh the lows and the grueling schedule takes a toll on your quality of life. I need to spend more time doing the things I enjoy and love and that’s spending time with 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 the #95 and I look forward to finishing the season with the team.”
“Thanks to everyone that believed in this kid from Enumclaw, Washington.”
“I hope I made you all proud.”
Leavine Family Racing
Thank you Kasey Hahne for allowing us to be a part of your memorable career in NASCAR! Thanks for everything you’ve done for this sport & all of your fans over the years.”
“We’re ready to close out this season together on a positive note as you then chase after your next adventure!”
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