Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2012 (cropped).jpg
Kahne in 2012
Born Kasey Kenneth Kahne
(1980-04-10) April 10, 1980 (age 37)
Enumclaw, Washington
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Achievements 2000 USAC National Midget Series champion
2006, 2008, 2012 Coca-Cola 600 winner
Sprint All-Star Race XXIV winner
2010 Gatorade Duel winner
2017 Brickyard 400 winner
Awards 2004 Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
504 races run over 14 years
Car no., team No. 95 (Leavine Family Racing)
2017 position 15th
Best finish 4th (2012)
First race 2004 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
First win 2005 Chevy American Revolution 400 (Richmond)
Last win 2017 Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)
Wins Top tens Poles
18 176 27
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
215 races run over 16 years
2016 position 98th
Best finish 7th (2003)
First race 2002 1-866RBCTerm.com 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2017 Sparks Energy 300 (Talladega)
First win 2003 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Last win 2014 Subway Firecracker 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 87 9
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
6 races run over 5 years
2015 position 84th
Best finish 47th (2004)
First race 2004 Darlington 200 (Darlington)
Last race 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
First win 2004 Darlington 200 (Darlington)
Last win 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
5 6 1
Statistics current as of November 19, 2017.

Kasey Kenneth Kahne (/kn/; born April 10, 1980) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Leavine Family Racing.

Off the track, Kahne is active in charitable work and is a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also owns his own race team, Kasey Kahne Racing, which competes in the World of Outlaws series, fielding two World of Outlaws sprint cars for Daryn Pittman, and Brad Sweet; his team also fields a car in the USAC Sprint Car Series for Brady Bacon and in USAC midgets for Sweet. Kahne is a 2-time Skagit Speedway winner of the Annual Jim Raper memorial Dirt Cup (2002 and 2003) and currently holds the fastest lap record there.

Kahne has scored 18 career wins in the Cup Series, including three Coca-Cola 600s in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and the Brickyard 400 in 2017. He also was the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2004.

Racing career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Kahne began racing open wheel sprint cars at Deming Speedway at 17 in Deming, Washington, before moving up to Skagit speedway in Alger, Washington, and then he moved to USAC. In 2000, Kahne made a trip to Pennsylvania where he won the season opener at the historic Williams Grove Speedway. He was hired by Steve Lewis, who had also employed future NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Jason Leffler, Tony Stewart and Kenny Irwin, Jr. In his first year on the circuit, he was named Rookie of the Year, as well as winning the national midget championship. He continued to run USAC, as well as the Toyota Atlantic Series and the World of Outlaws.

Kahne made 20 starts in the Busch Series driving the No. 98 Channellock Ford Taurus for Robert Yates Racing. His best finish was a tenth-place finish at Cabela's 250. In 2003, he moved to the No. 38 Great Clips Ford for Akins Motorsports. He won his first pole at Michigan International Speedway and his first Nationwide race at the Ford 300. In 2004, he also made a pair of starts in the Craftsman Truck Series at Darlington Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 2 Team ASE Racing Dodge Ram for Ultra Motorsports, winning both races.

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Kahne replaced Bill Elliott in the No. 9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports at the end of the 2003 season when Elliott announced a part-time schedule starting with the 2004 season. Since Kahne was still under contract with Ford, the manufacturer filed a lawsuit against him to try to prevent the move. Ford eventually got money from Kahne, allowing him to go to Dodge.

2004[edit]

Kahne's 2004 No. 9 Dodge

In 2004, Kahne surprised many by nearly winning several races (including five 2nd-place finishes and 13 top 5's), winning 4 poles and captured the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. He narrowly missed the Chase for the Nextel Cup after Jeremy Mayfield, his teammate, claimed the final spot.[1] He drove 30 races for Akins in the Busch Series, finishing 13th in points.

2005[edit]

Kahne scored his first career Sprint Cup victory in his sophomore season of 2005, after a dominating performance in the Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was also the first win for the Dodge Charger, which returned to NASCAR that year. It was the first time a Dodge won a race at Richmond International Raceway since Richard Petty did so in 1975. In addition, he became the first driver born in the 1980s to win a race in NASCAR's premier series. He also scored 2 poles in back-to-back weeks at Darlington and Richmond during the same year. Despite this, he was plagued with inconsistency and slumped to 23rd in the points. He made 22 starts in the Busch Series, splitting time with Akins and Evernham's new No. 6 team. He won the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway and the United Way 300 at Kansas Speedway.

2006[edit]

Kahne races by in the No. 9 Dodge Charger.

On March 20, 2006, Kahne won the rain-delayed Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nearly three weeks later, he won the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas. After that, he won four more races — a season sweep at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 and in the Bank of America 500 holding off Jimmie Johnson (who finished second in both races) and victories at California and Michigan.

On September 9, 2006, Kahne successfully raced his way into the Chase for The Cup after finishing third in Richmond. He was the 10th and last qualifier to make the Chase. He edged defending Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart out by 16 points, but a disappointing 16th-place finish at New Hampshire, a crash at Dover, and running out of gas at Kansas ended his hopes for his first championship title. Kahne finished strong with 5 top tens in the remaining seven races including a winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

On November 27, 2006, Kahne was honored by being invited to raise the traditional 12th Man flag prior to the Seattle Seahawks Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field in Seattle. The ceremony has been ongoing since 2003, and involves a different Seattle-area sports hero and/or beloved member of the community kicking things off before every Seahawks home game.[2] The Seahawks beat the Packers 34–24.

2007[edit]

Kahne in a pit stop during the 2007 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

During the qualifying for the 2007 Daytona 500, officials found holes in the wheel-wells of his Dodge Charger. A crew member said it was just tape that had fallen off of a hole in the tire. Officials said that the tape had been cut. He was one of the four drivers among Matt Kenseth and his two teammates, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler, whose cars had been found with aerodynamic-improving modifications. His team was one of the six teams found with illegal modifications in the Daytona festivities.

On May 26, 2007, Kahne won the Busch Series CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway scoring his first win of 2007.

On August 24, 2007, Kahne won the pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol, becoming his second pole of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series. Later that night, during the Busch Series Food City 250, Kahne passed Ryan Newman on the top side in a 3-wide pass that included Jason Leffler on the bottom. He held off the hard charging Leffler to win the Food City 250 for his 7th career Busch Series win and his 2nd of 2007.

The next day during the Sharpie 500, Kahne dominated most of the race leading 305 out of 500 laps and finished 2nd to Carl Edwards. This was his best finish of the 2007 season.

Kahne practicing for the 2007 Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

On November 16, 2007, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kahne was accused by Archibald Hutchinson, a 62-year-old track security guard, of shoving Hutchinson to the ground. The incident occurred when Kahne was attempting to enter the motorhome lot and Hutchinson refused entry due to Kahne not having the proper credentials. Kahne claimed he had bumped into the security guard as he attempted to walk around the guard to enter the lot. Hutchinson was taken to the infield medical center following the incident complaining of elevated blood pressure. He was treated for scrapes and bruises and later released.[3] Kahne faced a misdemeanor assault charge over the incident which he pleaded not guilty to. Hutchinson also filed a civil suit against Kahne seeking more than $15,000 for medical bills, lost wages, and punitive damage.[4] In December 2008, the court agreed to dismiss the criminal charges and give Kahne a clean record upon completion of 50 hours of community service and a donation of $50 to a court charity.[5] Hutchinson, through his attorneys, dismissed the civil suit in September 2009 following an undisclosed settlement.[6]

After a disappointing 2007 season, Kahne finished 19th in points with 0 wins, 1 top 5, 8 top 10's, and an average finish of 22.2.

2008[edit]

Kahne's 2008 Sprint Cup Series racecar

With the new sponsor Budweiser, Kahne started off the 2008 season strong by finishing in the top 10 in both the Budweiser Shootout and the Gatorade Duel.

As a result of fourth-place finish in the duel, Kahne started 10th in the 50th Daytona 500 on February 17. He finished seventh behind teammate Elliott Sadler in the 2008 Daytona 500, was a repeat of the 2007 race where they both also finished sixth and seventh respectively.

In the early laps of the Auto Club 500, Kahne worked his way from 20th to 14th, but brushed the wall on lap 7. However, he was able to finish ninth after the race went under a long rain delay. Kahne had to start in the back due to an engine change in the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he did go on to finish sixth.

On May 17, Kahne was voted into the Sprint All-Star Race XXIV by his fans via cell phone text messaging and online voting. After making a required "stop-and-go" pit stop, Kahne began the fourth segment second on old tires. He went on to win the race and earn $1,012,975. Kahne became the first driver to win the race from the fan vote and the third driver to race in the Sprint Showdown and go on to win the All-Star race.

On May 25, he won his second Coca-Cola 600 passing Tony Stewart with two laps to go, as Stewart had a flat tire going into turn 1. This was Kahne's first points-paying win of the season. He also became the sixth driver to win the 600 and the All-Star Race the same year.

Kahne receives his 2008 Pocono 500 trophy.

On June 6, Kahne won the Pocono 500 from the pole despite being 38th at one point during the race after a miscue in the pits. On June 20, he won another pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, his second pole in three races. However, after handling issues early in the race, Kahne fell victim to pit road, went a lap down, and finished 33rd.

Following two consecutive 40th-place finishes (a Bristol Motor Speedway wreck caused by miscommunications between Casey Mears and his spotter, and an engine failure Michigan International Speedway ), Kahne found himself sitting outside of the top 12, out of contention for the Chase. At the start of the last regular season race, at Richmond International Raceway, he, David Ragan, and Clint Bowyer were vying for that 12th spot. Unfortunately for him, Kahne was not able to make up enough points to put him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He missed the 2008 Chase by 69 points and ended the season finishing 14th.

2009[edit]

Kahne's new team for 2009, Richard Petty Motorsports, was the result of a merger between his team's previous incarnation, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises. The year started off inconsistent for Kahne, with early top 10 finishes at Atlanta and Bristol. Kahne won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event on June 21, 2009, for his first road course win. Kahne ran fewer events in other NASCAR series than previous seasons, only seven (four in the Nationwide Series, three in the Whelen Modefied Tour). With less distractions, Kahne's Sprint Cup stats slightly improved.

After a hot summer streak that saw three top 10's in a row, Kahne climbed into Chase contention. During the Pep Boys Auto 500 on September 6, 2009, Kahne made a late race pass and held off Kevin Harvick for his second win of the season. Following the first 26 races of the season Kahne was in the top twelve in points, earning him a place in the Chase for the Championship. He was seeded fourth in points. After suffering an engine failure at New Hampshire and a crash in California, Kahne struggled to get back into contention for the championship and finished 10th in the final season standings, despite finishing 2nd at the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

2010[edit]

On September 10, 2009, it was announced that Richard Petty Motorsports would merge with Yates Racing. Kahne would remain as one of four drivers of RPM alongside his current teammates Sadler and Allmendinger, as well as Yates Racing driver Paul Menard.[7] The team changed manufacturers to Ford and received Roush-Yates engines and other equipment from Roush Fenway Racing.[8]

Driving the new Ford Fusion car, Kahne won the Gatorade Duel No. 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2010, He also finished in second position in the 2010 Budweiser Shootout. Kahne ended up 30th in the Daytona 500 after being wrecked late in the race. He had been running up front for most of the race and had the fastest lap of the race. Kahne had a strong car at the Auto Club 500; however he spun late in turn 4.

Kahne had a good run at Atlanta a few weeks later where he led the most laps in the race, and finished inside the top five. During the following couple of months, Kahne would be unable to compete for race wins as mistakes and wrecks put a dent into the teams Chase hopes.

During the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway he had a top-five car all race long, but due to a late race caution, some teams stayed out on track instead of joining the leaders on pit-road. This put Kahne in the back end of the top twenty, and during the green-white-checkered finish Kahne tried to make it three-wide while battling for tenth place. However, he was blocked and ran down into the wet grass by his teammate A. J. Allmendinger. Kahne spun back into the racing surface and was hit by Greg Biffle and Mark Martin. The No. 9 car took off and landed on top of the outside wall, hit a tree behind the wall and span back onto the track on all four wheels. Kahne and Biffle both put the blame on Allmendinger for causing the huge crash.

Kahne rebounded from the disappointment at Pocono by leading laps in the following race at Michigan and finishing 2nd, behind the dominant Denny Hamlin. He also qualified on pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway the following week; and converted the pole position into a solid 4th-place finish; after bouncing back from a poor first stint, to post back-to-back top five finishes.

In qualifying for the 2010 Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Kahne earned his second pole position of the season.[9] On October 3, 2010, Kahne started the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway from the pole position.[10]

On October 20, 2010, Kahne was released from the remainder of his contract with Richard Petty Motorsports.[11] The next day it was announced that Kahne would drive for Red Bull Racing Team for the remainder of the season as well as the full 2011 season starting with the TUMS Bring It On 500 at Martinsville Speedway.[12]

After the 2010 season finale in Homestead, Kahne went in for knee surgery due to discomfort and pain caused by plica syndrome.[13]

2011[edit]

On April 13, 2010, Kahne announced that he would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2010 season to race in 2012 with Hendrick Motorsports, driving the No. 5.[14] On August 10, 2010, the Red Bull Racing Team officially announced that Kahne would drive one of their cars for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, a tenure that would start in the 2011 season after Kahne was released from RPM.[15] Kahne used the number 4 for his Red Bull Toyota, a homage to the number he used in Sprint Cars. Prior to the acquisition, the No. 4 was made famous by Morgan-McClure Motorsports.[16] On May 6, 2011, Kahne won his first pole for Red Bull Racing and his 21st career pole at Darlington Raceway.[17] On June 9, it was announced that Farmers Insurance Group would sponsor Kahne for 22 races in 2012. It was also announced that his current crew chief Kenny Francis will join in at Hendrick.[18]

Kahne dominated the early stages of the Brickyard 400, but spun late in the race and had to settle for 18th position. He led 48 laps, a race-high.

He did not make it into the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup, resting at 21st in points following the cut-off race, the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 10.

On November 13, at the newly configured Phoenix International Raceway, Kahne held off Carl Edwards in the closing laps to take his first victory of the season, his first victory for the Red Bull Racing Team, and Kahne's first victory in over two years. Kahne only led the final 14 laps of the race.

Kahne finished the 2011 season 14th in points behind Clint Bowyer.

With the season over, on December 27, 2011, Kahne was in the news when he tweeted about a woman breastfeeding in a grocery store believing it was "nasty". Kahne further infuriated his fan base when he tweeted a response to a fan calling her a "dumb bitch". The uproar that followed resulted in Kahne apologizing for his comments.[19]


2012[edit]

In 2012 Kahne drove the No. 5 Farmers Insurance/Quaker State/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, consequent with Mark Martin's move to Michael Waltrip Racing. In the Budweiser Shootout he was involved in an early accident in the first segment. His teammates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were eliminated in crashes during the second segment. Kahne qualified and ran well in his Gatorade Duel, but in the Daytona 500 was taken out in a crash on lap 188 involving Jamie McMurray, Regan Smith, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart and Aric Almirola. He finished 29th.

Kahne announced in late March that he would compete for Turner Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series at Rockingham Speedway in April, driving the No. 4 in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200.[20] In that race, he led 47 laps and went on to win.

Kahne had a rough start to 2012, finishing no better than 14th in the first five races. However, he rebounded with seven straight top 10 finishes, including a win in the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 in his 300th Sprint Cup Start. This was also his first win with Hendrick Motorsports.[21] On July 15, Kahne won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon, and along with teammate Jeff Gordon made the Chase through the two Wild Card spots. During the Chase, Kahne won poles at Talladega and Kansas. He ended the season a career-best fourth place in the points, with 2 wins, 4 poles, 12 top five finishes and 19 top ten finishes.

2013[edit]

Kahne had a slow start to the season, finishing 36th and 19th at Daytona and Phoenix, respectively.[22] However, at Las Vegas, he led 114 laps (which was almost twice the number of laps he had led in all of his previous Vegas starts) and finished second to Matt Kenseth despite an impressive charge in the last laps.[23] Kahne was able to redeem himself for this near-miss the following week by winning at Bristol. After Bristol, he had a strong run at Auto Club Speedway in which he finished ninth—he then had an even stronger run at Martinsville, where he had one of the best cars and finished fourth. He then finished eleventh at Texas. At Kansas, Kahne again finished second to Kenseth in a finish very similar to the finish at Las Vegas.

Kahne's season also started with a number of run-ins with Kyle Busch, who wrecked him in three of the first 11 races: at the Daytona 500, Kahne was running in the top-five when Busch turned him approaching turn 1 on lap 33, resulting in a seven-car wreck also collecting Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray and other cars. At Talladega, on lap 43, Kahne was in the outside lane when Busch turned him into the wall again heading towards turn 1. Kahne bounced off the wall and back into Busch and collected an additional 14 cars, including Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, David Stremme and Scott Speed. Later, at Darlington, another incident happened when Busch sent Kahne into the wall while being challenged for the lead late-race, causing a caution. At the Coca-Cola 600, Kahne had influenza and there was doubt he could finish the race.[24] This didn't stop him from leading the most laps and nearly winning the race, but Kevin Harvick got by him on a restart with 11 laps to go.[25] At Michigan, Kahne led the race, but slid into the turn 2 wall, and the car caught fire. Kahne finished 38th, and dropped down four spots in the points standings to 12th.[26]

Following the DNF at Michigan, Kahne rebounded with a sixth-place finish at Sonoma and an 11th-place finish at Kentucky. At Daytona, Kahne was running behind Jimmie Johnson for most of the race until he got tagged by Marcos Ambrose on a late restart, sending him into the inside wall on the back straightaway and relegating him to a 32nd-place finish. This was followed by an 11th-place finish at New Hampshire, and a third-place finish at Indianapolis.

At Pocono in August, Kahne started 1st. He led 1 lap of the race and was involved in a tight battle with Tony Stewart for the lead in the final laps. A decision by Gordon to take the final restart on lap 158 on the inside lane gave Kahne the opportunity to draft past Gordon in turn 1 and then sail away to his second career Pocono race victory and second win of the 2013 season, bringing him up to eighth place in the points.[27] His form didn't carry to Watkins Glen, though, where he was wrecked by Matt Kenseth on a late restart that saw him collide with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and finish 33rd. Kahne then had a seventh-place finish at Michigan, and then a runner-up finish at Bristol behind Kenseth for the third time in 2013.

He qualified for the Chase, but any chance of him winning ended with a crash at Loudon. Early in the 2013 Sylvania 300, Kahne got loose, wheel-hopped and hit a barrier extremely hard. Kahne was uninjured but caused controversy when he acted like he could not hear a reporter in his interview which led many to speculate that Kahne suffered a head injury. Kahne apologized for causing the false alarm & said he was too angry to talk about it and that he was not injured.

2014[edit]

Kahne scored an upset win at the Nationwide Series' Subway Firecracker 250 passing teammate Regan Smith on the final lap. The margin was 0.021 seconds.

Kahne struggled in the first half of the season. He came close to a win at Pocono in June but hit the outside barrier late in the event, costing him his shot at the win. Kahne said that Kyle Busch was yet again responsible for the crash and Busch himself took responsibility that night. When Kahne heard that Busch apologized for the wreck he shrugged it off and said "I don't care to talk to him anymore about our wrecks. Tired of his aggressiveness and the fact that his performances are affecting my own results."

Kahne began ending rumors of his departure from Hendrick Motorsports with a sponsorship extension with Farmers Insurance for 12 races in the 2015–2017 seasons. At the Brickyard 400, Kahne led 70 laps due to great track position but lost the lead on a restart with 17 laps left to Jeff Gordon and ended up sixth.

At Atlanta, Kahne controlled the final 15 laps of the race. With 3 laps to go it seemed like he lost it when a caution came out. He lost 4 spots on pit road, but after 2 more cautions, sped by Matt Kenseth and won the race to clench a spot in the Chase. It was his first only win of 2014. He finished 15th in the standings being eliminated from round 2 of the Chase. Kahne received a 3-year contract extension with HMS in November which runs until the conclusion of the 2018 season. It was announced a day earlier that long time engineer and Jamie McMurray's 2014 crew chief, Keith Rodden, would return to HMS and replace Kenny Francis as Kahne's crew chief. Francis had been Kahne's crew chief since the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Replacing Francis ended the second longest driver/crew chief pairing (Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus currently still have the longest driver/crew chief pairing) in NASCAR in the first two decades of the 21st century.

2015[edit]

Kahne's car during practice for the 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Kahne made his return to the Camping World Truck Series driving the No. 00 Haas Automation-sponsored Silverado for JR Motorsports at Charlotte. Kahne beat 18-year-old Erik Jones by 0.005 seconds which was tied for the second closest finish in NASCAR Truck Series competition. The win was Chevrolet's 200th win in the Camping World Truck Series. In the Cup series, Kahne would start off with a 9th-place finish in the Daytona 500. He would struggle throughout most of the year, and only get 10 top 10's and 3 top 5's, his best finish being 4th at Phoenix, Dover and the Kansas Chase race. Kahne finished the season in 18th place in the final points standings.

2016[edit]

Kahne experienced a difficult 2016 season as he finished 17th in the final points standings with only 3 Top 5 and 13 Top 10 finishes. During the season, Kahne did not lead a single lap in any race despite completing the most laps in the series.

2017[edit]

In July 2017, Kahne returned to Victory Lane at the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, surviving a crash-laden race that took out many contending cars, including holding off Brad Keselowski on an overtime restart that ended under caution. It was Kahne's 18th win in the Cup Series and first in 102 races.[28]

On August 7, Hendrick Motorsports announced Kahne would not be returning to the team for the 2018 season, and two days later, William Byron was announced as Kahne's replacement.[29]

2018[edit]

On September 19, 2017, Kahne announced he would be driving the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing in 2018.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Kahne and his girlfriend, Samantha Sheets, became parents on October 13, 2015, to a son named Tanner.[31]

Film and television[edit]

Kahne was featured in the premiere episode of the 2006 Biography Channel series Driven to Win.[32] This 30-minute program covered Kahne's childhood and entry into NASCAR, as well as his 2004 Rookie of the Year season and his first win in 2005. He was also featured in two episodes of the second season of NASCAR 360 on the FX Network.[33]

Kasey Kahne Racing, NASCAR Media Group and Motorsports Management International partnered to produce the 2009 release, "The Rise of Kahne." This 90-minute biographical profile features interviews with Kahne, his family and other NASCAR personalities. Footage covers the stock-car racer's open-wheel roots and successes leading up to his June 2009 win at Infineon Raceway, his first for Richard Petty Motorsports. The DVD also shows his work with the Kasey Kahne Foundation and his own sprint car race team.[34]

Kahne also made a brief "appearance" in the 2005 Disney film Herbie: Fully Loaded, driving his #9 Dodge Dealers Dodge car and being one of the four drivers who boxed Herbie in and pummeled him in the final race. He is even mentioned by name by one of the race announcers.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2004 Evernham Motorsports 9 Dodge DAY
41
CAR
2
LVS
2
ATL
3
DAR
13
BRI
40
TEX
2*
MAR
21
TAL
30
CAL
13
RCH
28
CLT
12
DOV
21
POC
14
MCH
2
SON
31
DAY
25
CHI
36
NHA
8
POC
3
IND
4
GLN
14
MCH
5
BRI
21
CAL
2
RCH
24
NHA
4
DOV
42
TAL
27
KAN
12
CLT
32*
MAR
15
ATL
5
PHO
5
DAR
5
HOM
38
13th 4274
2005 DAY
22
CAL
40
LVS
38
ATL
5
BRI
14
MAR
2
TEX
35
PHO
17
TAL
24
DAR
3
RCH
1*
CLT
26
DOV
35
POC
27
MCH
18
SON
41
DAY
16
CHI
41
NHA
6
POC
27
IND
2
GLN
17
MCH
29
BRI
42
CAL
6
RCH
8
NHA
38
DOV
16
TAL
13
KAN
19
CLT
23
MAR
17
ATL
35
TEX
42
PHO
27
HOM
16
23rd 3611
2006 DAY
11
CAL
4
LVS
4
ATL
1
BRI
10
MAR
35
TEX
1
PHO
6
TAL
39
RCH
34
DAR
21
CLT
1
DOV
7
POC
7
MCH
1
SON
31
DAY
25
CHI
23
NHA
8
POC
31
IND
36
GLN
22
MCH
4
BRI
12
CAL
1*
RCH
3
NHA
16
DOV
38
KAN
33
TAL
2
CLT
1*
MAR
7
ATL
38
TEX
33
PHO
7
HOM
4*
8th 6173
2007 DAY
7
CAL
38
LVS
35
ATL
39
BRI
19
MAR
25
TEX
20
PHO
31
TAL
12
RCH
40
DAR
20
CLT
23
DOV
11
POC
22
MCH
32
SON
23
NHA
25
DAY
9
CHI
32
IND
40
POC
27
19th 3489
Gillett Evernham Motorsports GLN
26
MCH
31
BRI
2*
CAL
10
RCH
8
NHA
20
DOV
32
KAN
9
TAL
16
CLT
8
MAR
15
ATL
9
TEX
18
PHO
40
HOM
24
2008 DAY
7
CAL
9
LVS
6
ATL
28
BRI
7
MAR
17
TEX
25
PHO
36
TAL
23
RCH
10
DAR
22
CLT
1
DOV
31
POC
1*
MCH
2
SON
33
NHA
30
DAY
7
CHI
15
IND
7
POC
7
GLN
14
MCH
40
BRI
40
CAL
8
RCH
19
NHA
11
DOV
26
KAN
21
TAL
36
CLT
2
MAR
33
ATL
33
TEX
24
PHO
13
HOM
6
14th 4085
2009 Richard Petty Motorsports DAY
29
CAL
12
LVS
11
ATL
7
BRI
5
MAR
19
TEX
19
PHO
13
TAL
36
RCH
29
DAR
23
CLT
7
DOV
6
POC
15
MCH
21
SON
1*
NHA
10
DAY
15
CHI
3
IND
7
POC
5
GLN
17
MCH
11
BRI
28
ATL
1
RCH
12
NHA
38
DOV
8
KAN
6
CAL
34
CLT
3
MAR
32
TAL
2
TEX
33
PHO
15
HOM
17
10th 6128
2010 Ford DAY
30
CAL
34
LVS
9
ATL
4*
BRI
34
MAR
17
PHO
39
TEX
5
TAL
21
RCH
21
DAR
20
DOV
20
CLT
12
POC
27
MCH
2
SON
4
NHA
36*
DAY
2
CHI
6
IND
13
POC
19
GLN
17
MCH
14
BRI
5
ATL
32
RCH
29
NHA
14
DOV
28
KAN
37
CAL
4
CLT
38
20th 3961
Red Bull Racing Team 83 Toyota MAR
14
TAL
26
TEX
13
PHO
30
HOM
6
2011 4 DAY
25
PHO
6
LVS
14
BRI
9
CAL
9
MAR
39
TEX
21
TAL
37
RCH
3
DAR
4*
DOV
36
CLT
22
KAN
14
POC
12
MCH
28
SON
20
DAY
4
KEN
13
NHA
6
IND
18*
POC
28
GLN
26
MCH
7
BRI
11
ATL
34
RCH
38
CHI
12
NHA
15
DOV
4
KAN
2
CLT
4
TAL
6
MAR
25
TEX
3
PHO
1
HOM
7
14th 1041
2012 Hendrick Motorsports 5 Chevy DAY
29
PHO
34
LVS
19
BRI
37
CAL
14
MAR
38
TEX
7
KAN
8
RCH
5
TAL
4
DAR
8
CLT
1
DOV
9
POC
29
MCH
33
SON
14
KEN
2
DAY
7
NHA
1
IND
12
POC
2
GLN
13
MCH
3
BRI
9
ATL
23
RCH
12
CHI
3
NHA
5
DOV
15
TAL
12
CLT
8
KAN
4
MAR
3
TEX
25
PHO
4
HOM
21
4th 2345
2013 DAY
36
PHO
19
LVS
2*
BRI
1
CAL
9
MAR
4
TEX
11
KAN
2
RCH
21
TAL
42
DAR
17
CLT
2*
DOV
23
POC
36
MCH
38
SON
6
KEN
11
DAY
32
NHA
11
IND
3
POC
1*
GLN
34
MCH
7
BRI
2
ATL
36
RCH
14
CHI
12
NHA
37
DOV
13
KAN
15
CLT
2*
TAL
36
MAR
27
TEX
5
PHO
2
HOM
13
12th 2283
2014 DAY
31
PHO
11
LVS
8
BRI
8
CAL
41
MAR
22
TEX
11
DAR
37
RCH
14
TAL
8
KAN
3
CLT
14
DOV
19
POC
42
MCH
5
SON
6
KEN
8
DAY
27
NHA
11
IND
6
POC
10
GLN
12
MCH
16
BRI
35
ATL
1
RCH
17
CHI
13
NHA
23
DOV
20
KAN
22
CLT
10
TAL
12
MAR
40
TEX
38
PHO
21
HOM
12
15th 2234
2015 DAY
9
ATL
14
LVS
17
PHO
4
CAL
17
MAR
11
TEX
8
BRI
37
RCH
6
TAL
34
KAN
17
CLT
12
DOV
4
POC
13
MCH
15
SON
8
DAY
32
KEN
27
NHA
19
IND
24
POC
43
GLN
42
MCH
15
BRI
16
DAR
12
RCH
18
CHI
24
NHA
9
DOV
6
CLT
43
KAN
4
TAL
19
MAR
9
TEX
20
PHO
26
HOM
19
18th 939
2016 DAY
13
ATL
23
LVS
10
PHO
22
CAL
28
MAR
22
TEX
8
BRI
17
RCH
4
TAL
39
KAN
16
DOV
4
CLT
22
POC
6
MCH
13
SON
9
DAY
30
KEN
14
NHA
25
IND
18
POC
15
GLN
20
BRI
13
MCH
14
DAR
7
RCH
6
CHI
7
NHA
9
DOV
12
CLT
3
KAN
10
TAL
35
MAR
11
TEX
8
PHO
13
HOM
37
17th 898
2017 DAY
7
ATL
4
LVS
12
PHO
20
CAL
20
MAR
14
TEX
38
BRI
20
RCH
22
TAL
5
KAN
15
CLT
35
DOV
17
POC
35
MCH
21
SON
24
DAY
18
KEN
38
NHA
28
IND
1
POC
11
GLN
16
MCH
38
BRI
24
DAR
24
RCH
12
CHI
21
NHA
35
DOV
14
CLT
9
TAL
8
KAN
15
MAR
16
TEX
11
PHO
19
HOM
33
15th 2198
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2004 Evernham Motorsports Dodge 27 41
2005 37 22
2006 27 11
2007 28 7
2008 Gillett Evernham Motorsports 10 7
2009 Richard Petty Motorsports 15 29
2010 Ford 4 30
2011 Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 11 25
2012 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20 29
2013 6 36
2014 5 31
2015 13 9
2016 13 13
2017 26 7

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2002 Robert Yates Racing 98 Ford DAY CAR
31
LVS DAR BRI
32
TEX
36
NSH TAL CAL
18
RCH
30
NHA NZH CLT
29
DOV
20
NSH KEN MLW DAY
25
CHI
25
GTY PPR IRP
15
MCH
10
BRI
DNQ
DAR
18
RCH
15
DOV
19
KAN
27
CLT
32
MEM ATL
21
CAR
16
PHO
18
HOM
21
33rd 1887
2003 Akins Motorsports 38 Ford DAY
8
CAR
26
LVS
11
DAR
8
BRI
13
TEX
9
TAL
37
NSH
29
CAL
4
RCH
18
GTY
31
NZH
12
CLT
6
DOV
8
NSH
25
KEN
11
MLW
16
DAY
38
CHI
28
NHA
9
PPR
10
IRP
14
MCH
2
BRI
14
DAR
6
RCH
12
DOV
4
KAN
30
CLT
8
MEM
15
ATL
7
PHO
27
CAR
18
HOM
1
7th 4104
2004 Dodge DAY
43
CAR
26
LVS
2
DAR
11
BRI
27
TEX
32
NSH
3
TAL
38
CAL
5
GTY
13
RCH
10
NZH
16
CLT
25
DOV
7
NSH
6
KEN
17
MLW DAY
6
CHI
4
NHA
4
PPR IRP MCH
5
BRI
34
CAL
4
RCH
9
DOV
3
KAN
13
CLT
36
MEM ATL
4
PHO
11
DAR
11
HOM
18
11th 3698
2005 DAY
5
CAL MXC LVS
20
ATL
5
TEX
1
DAR
34
DOV
13
NSH KEN MLW DAY
25
CHI
12
MCH
27
CLT
12
MEM 21st 2511
Evernham Motorsports 6 Dodge NSH
15
BRI PHO
28
TAL
31
CLT
41
GLN
13
BRI
19
CAL
5
RCH DOV KAN
1
TEX PHO
38
HOM
39
79 RCH
4
NHA
12
PPR GTY IRP
2006 9 DAY
33
CAL MXC LVS
1
ATL
2
BRI TEX
11
NSH PHO TAL RCH
40
DAR
11
CLT
16
DOV
22
NSH KEN MLW DAY
35
CHI
30
NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI
4
CAL
1
RCH DOV KAN
16
CLT
43
MEM
8
TEX
24
PHO HOM
8
31st 1959
2007 DAY
41
CAL LVS ATL
28
BRI
7
NSH
19
TEX PHO
28
MXC TAL
21
RCH DAR CLT
1
DOV
12
NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY
6
CHI
12
GTY IRP CGV GLN 27th 2199
Gillett Evernham Motorsports MCH
31
BRI
1
CAL
6
RCH
9
DOV KAN
12
CLT
17
MEM TEX PHO
6
HOM
25
2008 DAY
35
CAL LVS ATL
9
BRI
2
NSH TEX
21
PHO MXC TAL RCH
14
DAR CLT
16
DOV
10
NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY
6
CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN
7
CLT
11
MEM TEX PHO HOM 41st 1277
2009 Richard Petty Motorsports 10 Toyota DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY
5
CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI
37
CGV ATL
11
RCH DOV KAN CAL TEX
30
PHO HOM 71st 562
43 CLT
8
MEM
2010 Braun Racing 38 Toyota DAY
9
CAL LVS BRI
32
NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR
4
DOV
27
CLT
26
NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI
37
CGV ATL
19
RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO 55th 816
Turner Motorsports Chevy HOM
38
2011 30 DAY
11
PHO LVS BRI
2
CAL TEX
11
TAL NSH RCH DAR
7
DOV IOW BRI
19
ATL
5
RCH DOV
4
KAN CLT
28
TEX PHO HOM 106th 01
38 CLT
22
CHI MCH ROA DAY CHI
33
JR Motorsports 7 Chevy KEN
4
NHA
3
NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
2012 Turner Motorsports 38 Chevy DAY
9
PHO
18
LVS
10
BRI
2
CAL TEX
3
RCH
10
TAL DAR
18
IOW CLT
17
DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA
6
CHI IND
25
IOW GLN
7
CGV BRI
14
ATL
28
RCH CHI KEN DOV
8
CLT KAN TEX PHO
5
HOM 111th 01
2013 JR Motorsports 5 Chevy DAY
20
PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX
8
RCH TAL
3
DAR
9
CLT
2
DOV
6
IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA
19
CHI IND
26
IOW GLN
18
MOH BRI
8
ATL
4
RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 100th 01
2014 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL
22
IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY
1
NHA CHI
4
IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 85th 01
2015 88 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
33
IOW DOV
5
MCH CHI DAY
4
KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI
12
KEN DOV CLT
12
KAN TEX PHO
10
HOM 90th 01
5 CLT
3
2016 DAY
3
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 98th 01
2017 88 DAY
2
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
15
CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM -* 01*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2004 Ultra Motorsports 2 Dodge DAY ATL MAR MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR PHO DAR
1*
HOM
1*
47th 380
2010 Kyle Busch Motorsports 18 Toyota DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC
2
NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 77th 175
2011 DAY PHO DAR
1*
MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM 86th 01
2012 Turner Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY MAR CAR
1
KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW CHI POC MCH BRI ATL IOW KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 80th 01
2015 JR Motorsports 00 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT
1
DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 84th 01

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ARSC Pts
2002 Robert Yates Racing 98 Ford DAY ATL NSH SLM KEN CLT KAN POC MCH TOL SBO KEN BLN POC NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL
14
CLT 127th 160

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Achievements
Preceded by
Jimmie Johnson
Casey Mears
Kevin Harvick
Coca-Cola 600 winner
2006
2008
2012
Succeeded by
Casey Mears
David Reutimann
Kevin Harvick
Awards
Preceded by
Jamie McMurray
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch