Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kasey Kahne out at Hendrick Motorsports after this season

Kasey Kahne out at Hendrick Motorsports after this season

According to multiple reports, 19-year-old NASCAR XFINITY Series standout William Byron will drive Hendrick Motorsport's No. 5 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next year. Kahne, 37, had one year remaining on his contract, but a combination of underwhelming results and a lack of sponsorship prompted Hendrick to make the change.

Kasey Kahne (left) celebrates with vehicle owner Rick Hendrick after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race last month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

Of course, Byron couldn't have a better champion to lean on than Johnson, and he'll also have Chase Elliott, now amusingly a veteran presence on the Hendrick team at just 21, to ask about the transition from one series to the next.

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"Kasey has worked extremely hard", team owner Rick Hendrick said in news release.

Kahne signed with Hendrick in April 2010, though he didn't join the team until two years later because of limited space for him during the 2011 season. I've always believed that he's a special talent, and I know he will thrive in the right situation.

"I'd like to thank Rick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for their hard work and dedication, along with providing me a great opportunity and success over the last six years", said Kahne, who most recently won July 23 at Indianapolis. He began his career with Evernham Motorsports in 2004, with six wins in 2006 alone. He won two races in 2013, won on August 31, 2014, at Atlanta Motor Speedway for career victory No. 17 and then went on a 102- race winless streak. "I look forward to what the next chapter in my career holds". Kenseth could be in line for a move to the No. 41 of Stewart-Haas Racing if Busch can't renegotiate a deal.

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