It was announced on Monday that Kasey Kahne will not return to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018. This should not come as a surprise to many, as Kahne’s name has been on the short list for drivers expected to lose their rides for some time.
In recent years, Kahne has struggled to produce consistent quality finishes, however, in 2017, performance for the No. 5 team has picked up. Kahne has already equaled the number of top-fives he had last year (3), has led 31 laps this season compared to zero all of last year, and found his way to victory lane just a few weeks ago at the Brickyard.
“We won six races together and I’m coming off of one of the biggest wins of my career at the Brickyard, which has given the 5 team a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs,” Kahne said. “We still have a lot of racing left in 2017 and finishing strong is our top priority. I look forward to what the next chapter in my career holds.”
Hendrick Motorsports is yet to announce Kahne’s replacement, however, many speculate William Byron will be on the short list of prospects.