NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne announces retirement from full-time racing

Heather Diaz
August 19, 2018

The 38-year-old Kahne announced his intentions on Twitter.

A move to SHR would have placed Kahne with one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' most successful teams this season. He added that "the highs didn't outweigh the lows". He also has eight Xfinity Series wins and five truck victories in six career starts in the series.

After tallying just six top-10 finishes over the full 36-race slate in 2017, and with sponsors set to leave anyway, Kahne's lack of a future driving for Hendrick was all but sealed. "I need to spend more time doing things I enjoy".

Kahne said in his statement that the lengthy NASCAR schedule has taken its toll on him, and that he would like to spend more time with his son, Tanner.

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Kahne becomes the second driver this week to announce that he's stepping away from full-time racing.

Kahne's announcement came one day after 43-year-old Elliott Sadler walked away from NASCAR after 21 seasons. "I appreciate everything LFR (Leavine Family Racing) has done for me this season and offering me the opportunity to race in 2019".

Sadler, who now competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports, posted a statement on his website announcing his decision. More time with the family is the primary reason Sadler will be retiring at the end of this season.

They are the latest in a growing list of NASCAR drivers who have hanged up their helmets in recent years, following Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, three-time champion Tony Stewart and four-time champ Jeff Gordon.

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