Kasey Kahne’s final full-time season in the NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is ending on a down note. After severe dehydration at Darlington Raceway, Kahne will be sidelined a total of at least four weeks.
More Missed Races
Previously, it was announced Kahne would not run last weekend’s Indianapolis race (that ultimately ran on Monday afternoon). In a statement release last night, Leavine Family Racing said Kahne will continue to sit out of competition for at least the next three races.
Kasey Kahne will continue to sit out from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this coming weekend in Las Vegas, as well as the upcoming series events at Richmond International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. This week the series travels west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway where temperatures for the weekend are projected to be around 100 degrees. The driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet with Leavine Family Racing continues to work with his physicians on a plan for his health.
Regan Smith will once again serve as the team’s substitute driver for Las Vegas, Richmond, and Charlotte race weekends behind the wheel of the No. 95 Camaro ZL1.
Leavine Family Racing continues to work on the timeframe for Kahne’s return to the No. 95 Chevrolet and will provide an update following the Charlotte race weekend.
Kahne has had dehydration issues in the past, including last year at Indianapolis (in a race he ultimately won), along with 2018’s races at Kentucky and Bristol. Kahne said that he fought nausea and had trouble seeing for the final 100 laps at Darlington.
End of Full Time Cup Career
Kahne previously announced that 2018 would be the final full-time season for his Cup career. No word yet on who will drive the No. 95 car for 2019, but some rumors put Daniel Suarez in the car, who is being replaced by Martin Truex, Jr. in the No. 19 at Joe Gibbs Racing.