Kasey Kahne will not drive for Hendrick Motorsports next season after he was released from the final year of his contract on Monday.will continue to drive the No. 5 through the rest of the 2017 season, including the playoffs.
There had been speculation that perhaps the win and playoff position may have been enough to save Kahne’s job, but don’t expect this news to hinder his team’s championship aspirations.
“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 (No.) 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.”