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Kahne Lands Ride with Leavine Family Racing for 2018 Season

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor

With his tenure at Hendrick Motorsports coming to a close at the end of the season, Kasey Kahne had to look for a new home for the 2018 season and beyond and on Tuesday, it was announced that Kahne will move over to Leavine Family Racing and their No. 95 Chevrolet next year.

“I want to thank Leavine Family Racing for this opportunity and will work as hard as possible to help them continue improving,” said Kahne. “I am ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start. Bob and everyone at Leavine Family Racing put a lot into their program and I’m excited to become a part of it.”

In his 14-year career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kahne has recorded 18 career wins, most recently in the 2017 Brickyard 400, 92 top-five finishes, 173 top-10 finishes, 27 poles, 4638 laps led, and an average finish of 17.4 in 495 starts. Kahne finished a career-high fourth in points in 2012.

“We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level,” said LFR team owner, Bob Leavine. “This deals partially with performance, because obviously, Kasey is a playoff-caliber driver. He has a wealth of information being with a larger organization like Hendrick Motorsports, and we think that will help us. We also look at this as an opportunity for marketing to be able to sell sponsorship.”

Leavine Family Racing first entered the Cup Series on a part-time basis in 2011 and has employed a handful of drivers since then including David Starr, Scott Speed, Blake Koch, Scott Riggs, Reed Sorenson, Ty Dillon, and most notably Michael McDowell, who currently drives for the team in their first full-time season.

McDowell has been responsible for the team’s only top-five finish (2017 Daytona 500) and their five top-10 finishes in 93 starts with the team.

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.