Official: Kasey Kahne Out at Hendrick Next Year
Another huge domino fell in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Silly Season on Monday, with the announcement that Kasey Kahne won’t return to the cockpit of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
In a press release, the team said Kahne’s replacement would be made at a later date.
The move was not unexpected, even though Kahne had another year left on his contract.
Kahne had gone nearly three full seasons without a race victory prior to winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago.
After that race, team owner Rick Hendrick declined to say Kahne would return in 2018, which meant his departure was pretty much a formality.
Kahne is in his sixth season with Hendrick Motorsports and he’s won six of his 18 career victories with the team. His best season came in 2012, his first year with the team, when he won twice, had 12 top fives and 19 top 10s and finished a career-high fourth in points. He has not finished in the top 10 in points since.
After missing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoffs in 2015 and ’16, Kahne will be eligible this year, thanks to his Brickyard 400 victory.