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Tag:Kasey Kahne
Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:00 pm
 

Kahne's 2011 home remains a mystery


Last week SI.com reported that it looked like Phoenix Racing would serve as Kasey Kahne temporary home before his contract at Hendrick Motorsports kicked in in 2012.

That set every other reporter in motion looking to confirm the story for themselves. Problem is, the parties involved aren't exactly being cooperative. Kahne and car owner Rick Hendrick said they still have no clue yet where Kahne will end up in 2011, while FoxSports is reporting that Phoenix Racing car owner James Finch says he hasn't even spoken with Hendrick regarding Kahne.

So while it might make sense for Kahne to end up at Phoenix Racing for a season, his 2011 home remains up in the air.

-- Brian De Los Santos
Posted on: June 12, 2010 10:18 am
 

Kahne could end up at Phoenix Racing in 2011


As we ponder just where Kasey Kahne will hole up until his Hendrick Motorsports deal to drive the No. 5 car in 2012 kicks in, our friends at SI.com appear to have found the answer -- Phoenix Racing.

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It seemed everybody was so sold that Kahne would either end up at Stewart-Haas or somehow he'd find his was to Hendrick in 2011 that Phoenix Racing was overlooked. Just like Tony Stewart, Phoenix Racing car owner James Finch has an engine and technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports.

Last season if you recall, Brad Keselowski pulled off perhaps the surprise of the year, winning at Talladega for Finch's first Cup victory as a car owner. This season has been rough on Finch as he has been forced to start and park most of the year after he lost Miccosukee Indian Resorts as sponsor just days before the Daytona 500. He even put the team up for sale.

But perhaps, the addition of a driver like Kahne -- if only for a season -- can help ressurect the tiny team. According to the report, Mark Martin, who Kahne will replace in 2012, could be interested in purchasing the team.

-- Brian De Los Santos

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Kasey Kahne
 
Posted on: June 2, 2010 4:06 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Could Earnhardt Jr. be on the move?

There's an interesting Silly Season read from Lee Spencer that got me thinking.

While the big dominoes have been taken off the market (Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne), there's still the question of just where Kahne will be driving next season as his contract to drive the 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports doesn't go into effect until 2012.

When the news of the Kahne was first announced, most people assumed he drive a third car at Stewart Haas, which receives engines and technical support from Hendrick. But with performance declining this season, Stewart Haas may not be ready take on a third entry.

There doesn't "appear" to be an opening at Hendrick in 2011, but there seems to be a growing feeling that something could shake down with either Mark Martin or Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Martin insists he's not going anywhere, but maybe if Rick Hendrick asks nice enough, he'll step aside.

Let's not mince words though, anywhere else it would be the driver of the 88 car that would be on the hot seat. While Earnhardt Jr. may still be NASCAR's most popular driver, I think even his most ardent supporters will admit the marriage with Hendrick has been a huge disappointment.

Perhaps a union with Richard Childress, where his father enjoyed much success, will cure what ails him. Watching Earnhardt Jr. week-to-week is like watching an episode of Lost -- it leaves me confused. I can't understand his steep decline in performance over the past few years. It has to be mental. I believe he has championship talent, but somewhere along the way he lost his mojo.

-- Brian De Los Santos


Posted on: May 18, 2010 11:54 am
 

Stewart Haas says Kahne talks informal

While everybody assumes Kasey Kahne will land at Stewart Haas Racing for a season before heading to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Stewart Haas Racing competition director Bobby Hutchens told ThatsRacin.com that he has had no formal discussions with anybody from Hendrick Motorsports regarding the matter.

But if you read between the lines it sounds as if it has at least been brought up in casual conversation.

Whether it's Kahne or another driver for a third team, Hutchens said he'd like to have something firm in place by June 1. He also said that any new driver that joins the team will likely have to have sponsorship in tow.

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Posted on: April 13, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2010 9:55 pm
 

Kahne headed to Hendrick Motorsports


Kasey Kahne
has signed a deal to drive the No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2012. READ MORE
 
Of course that leaves his plans for 2011 somewhat open-ended. Mark Martin is signed to drive the 5 car for Hendrick through 2011. Speculation is that in 2011 Kahne could drive a third car for Stewart Haas, which receives engines and support from Hendrick Motorsports.

And what would that mean for Kevin Harvick , who many believe has one foot out the door at Richard Childress Racing with an eye on a ride with his buddy Stewart. Harvick started the season with four consecutive top 10s, but has finished no better than 11th in the past three races.

You have to wonder how much life is left in Richard Petty Motorsports. Kahne was only there as a result of a merger between Petty and Gillett-Evernham Motorsports. Will the organization be able to lure another top talent like Kahne? A shake of my Magic 8-Ball reveals "Outlook not so good."

-- Brian De Los Santos



 
 
 
 
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