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Kasey Kahne Signs Contract Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

Kasey Kahne Signs Contract Extension with Hendrick Motorsports

by November 20, 2014 0 comments

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kasey Kahne has reached an agreement on a contract extension that will keep him with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 Sprint Cup season.

The 34-year-old from Emunclaw, Washington, who is entering his fourth season with Hendrick Motorsports has proven to be successful in his three-year tenure at the organization.

In three years behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevrolet, Kahne has qualified for the Chase each year and has earned five of his 17 career wins with the organization. Kahne’s best career finish in the points standings came in his first year with Hendrick in 2012, when he finished fourth in the standings.

Kahne’s contract extension with the Hendrick organization keeps the 11-year veteran of the Sprint Cup Series at, as he puts it, “home.”

“I’ve found a home at Hendrick Motorsports,” Kahne said. “We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction we’re headed as a team and a company. It’s the right place for me, and I’m looking forward to being here for a long time.”

Kahne’s boss for the last three years, Rick Hendrick, issued a statement alongside of his driver this morning on hendrickmotorsports.com.

“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” Hendrick stated. “I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man.

“Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We’re committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come.”

When Kahne straps in to his No. 5 Chevrolet for February’s Daytona 500, he’ll have several differences present with his No. 5 team.

On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Kahne’s long-time crew chief Kenny Francis will leave the No. 5 team to become the organization’s vehicle technical director. Keith Rodden, former lead engineer for the No. 5 team, will replace Francis as the team’s crew chief.

Also announced on Thursday morning by Hendrick Motorsports was the signing of Liftmaster as a sponsor for Kahne and the No. 5 team for the 2015 season.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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