CHARLOTTE - Not everyone was on hand during this week's annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte.
Several key drivers and team owners were absent due to a variety of reasons.
Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth weren't present during their team's function. Edwards was out of the country at a pre-planned vacation while Kenseth missed the proceedings due to a family emergency.
Team owner Richard Childress was missing from the trek to his headquarters in Welcome, North Carolina out of a sponsor-related fishing trip.
But Kasey Kahne might have had the best reason to miss the tour as he was fulfilling his civic obligation serving on jurt duty.
“We’re really excited to have Kasey Kahne join our organization,” said Rick Hendrick. “They (Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis) fit in like a glove and we’re really excited to have them added to our organization.”
Naturally, Kahne was the target for a few friendly jokes during the proceedings by his new Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
“For anybody that questions the privileges that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers get along the way and the celebrity that we may have, I think Kasey Kahne is a perfect example,” Gordon said. “Not being able to get out of jury duty is where we stand.”
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