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Rick Hendrick Trying to Find New Ride for Kasey Kahne

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Rick Hendrick didn’t want Kasey Kahne back at Hendrick Motorsports next year, but he’s working to find the veteran a new ride.

Kahne will leave the owner’s team at the end of this season to be replaced in 2018 and beyond by William Byron in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

But during a teleconference Wednesday morning, Hendrick said he’s paying Kahne’s salary next year and he’s trying to find him a soft place to land.

“First of all, I have an obligation to Kasey, so I’m paying two drivers next year,” said Hendrick. “And I’m also trying to help Kasey in another situation that we could be involved with, helping another team. “

Kahne has been linked to a possible move by GMS Racing from the NASCAR XFINITY Series to the Monster Energy Cup Series. Hendrick would neither confirm nor deny that he’s been talking with GMS.

“I’m not going to mention the team, but I know there’s several situations that we’re talking to and have kind of an alliance, which would be good for everyone,” said Hendrick. “We’re working on it. We’ve been working on it and we’ll just see how it develops.”

Kahne has driven for Hendrick Motorsports and has won six Cup races with the team, including this year’s Brickyard 400.


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Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.