Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne
38-Year-Old Driver  
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After six seasons of racing in the No. 5 Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne found himself heading into the free agent driver pool at the end of last season. Steady performance erosion over the last few seasons has seen the veteran driver go from winning races and earning Chase berths, to struggling to be competitive on a weekly basis. Although Kahne pulled out a Hail Mary victory at the Brickyard last season, he struggled to post a career-low six Top-10 finishes. His average finish for the campaign ballooned to a 10-season low of 19.4, and his average qualifying position of 17.9 was a career worst mark. He will now pilot the No. 95 Chevrolet of Leavine Family Racing. This small single-car team has worked hard with prior driver, Michael McDowell, to go from part-time to full-time competition in NASCAR's top division. While Kahne is an upgrade over McDowell, his ability to earn Top 10's with this team will be severely challenged. The veteran driver is entering the declining stages of his NASCAR career, and that should be remembered on fantasy racing draft day. Read Past Outlooks
Sprint Car Plans Announced
Retired
December 19, 2018
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series team Kasey Kahne Racing, announced Wicked Energy Gum, an innovative consumer energy product developed by Wicked Cushion, has been signed as a new sponsor for KKR's No. 9 team that will be driven by Kahne in 2019. Retiring from full-time NASCAR competition after a successful 15-year career in stock cars, Kahne is returning to his roots and is scheduled to compete in more than 50 sprint car events on both the World of Outlaws and All-Star Circuit of Champions tours in 2019, kaseykahneracing.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kahne's first love is dirt track action in Sprint Cars. He'll get plenty of time for that now that he's retired from full-time competition in NASCAR. The veteran driver has more than 50 events lined up for the coming year. Kahne will pilot the No. 9 car and look to continue KKR's success on the dirt ovals.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2006
After spending much of last season mired in a slump, the No. 5 Chevrolet team sprang to life in the final third of the season and were one of the more consistent and competitive teams of the stretch run of the season. Kahne posted five Top-10 finishes during the Chase, although he was not a part of the championship playoff. This has been the norm for the 13-year veteran. Partial seasons of high performance coupled with long stretches of struggles have led to finishes of 15th-, 18th- and 17th-place in the driver standings each of the last three years. This is far below what this driver, team and owner expect. 2017 will be a make or break year for Kahne and his future at Hendrick Motorsports. He would like to get back to winning and getting berths in the Chase. Kahne and crew chief Keith Rodden are under the gun for improvement and the clock is ticking.
In a lot of ways the last two seasons have been very disappointing for Kahne and his Hendrick Motorsports race team. The veteran driver has only won one event the last two years and he missed the Chase for the Cup field in 2015. The drop in performance is almost unexplainable. We expect the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet to make some gains in 2016, but not all at once. He will be once again paired with crew chief, Keith Rodden, and they will need some time to correct the performance issues they've battled the last year. Considering that Hendrick Motorsports star Jeff Gordon retired at the end of 2015, there will be more pressure on Kahne to lift his level of performance to the numbers of a couple seasons ago. We wouldn't rule out a two-win, 16 top 10 campaign.
The first season with Hendrick Motorsports is now under Kahne’s belt and it was a rousing success. He piloted the No. 5 Chevrolet to two victories, 19 Top-10 finishes and a career-best fourth-place finish in the final driver standings. The nine-year veteran may just be getting started and even more success could be in store. Kahne and long-time crew chief Kenny Francis have one of the longest running driver/crew chief relationships currently running in the sport. The duo has combined to win 13 races, 20 pole positions and 99 Top 10’s since the 2006 season. The combination of this solid relationship and top notch Hendrick Motorsports equipment should keep paying dividends in 2013.
Khane suffered a poor second season in Nextel Cup in 2005. However, he did collect his first series win and shows some signs of ability despite the equipment problems. If Dodge can get their house in order in 2006, Kahne could do some big things.
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Ends NASCAR Career
NASCAR Cup
October 9, 2018
Kahne was forced to prematurely end his final NASCAR season Tuesday after not receiving medical clearance to return to the track, Kahne revealed on his personal Twitter account.
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Not Cleared for Dover
NASCAR Cup
October 4, 2018
Kahne will continue to sit out from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this coming weekend when the series travels to Dover International Speedway. Kahne participated in a private medical test session on Tuesday afternoon with his physicians as they continue to evaluate his health following a case of extreme heat exhaustion at Darlington Raceway, Leavine Family Racing PR reports.
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Insists on returning this season
NASCAR Cup
September 12, 2018
Kahne still intends to return before the season is over, freelance NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck reports.
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Pulls out of Brickyard 400
NASCAR Cup
September 7, 2018
Kahne withdrew from Sunday's Brickyard 400 due to heat exhaustion, Nick DeGroot of motorsport.com reports.
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2018 Last Season in NASCAR
NASCAR Cup
August 16, 2018
Kahne revealed that 2018 will be his last full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR.com reports.
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