Since 2004, Kasey Kahne has been entertaining fans in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Just a day after Kahne’s former teammate at Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) Elliott Sadler decided to step away from full-time racing, Kahne has made the same decision.
“I’ve thought about this decision for many months, if not longer.” Kahne said in a statement on social media.
“It’s time for me to step away from racing in NASCAR full time. I appreciate everything LFR has done for me this season and offering me the opportunity to race in 2019.”
Through 23 races this year, Kahne is 28th in points with a best finish of fourth at Daytona in July.
Kahne’s first career win in the MENCS came in 2005 at Richmond International Raceway.
In total, Kahne has captured a total of 18 career wins in NASCAR’s top touring series. His last win came at the Brickyard 400, driving for Hendrick Motorsports in 2017.
Kahne is also the first and only driver to be voted into the All-Star race via fan vote and go on to win the race (2008).
It is currently unknown if Kahne has plans to run any races next season in the MENCS. Kahne also owns a Craftsman World of Outlaw’s team, where his driver Brad Sweet won the 2018 Knoxville Nationals.