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By­ron to re­place Kahne

Wil­liam By­ron will re­place Kasey Kahne next sea­son at Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports, the lat­est teenager to earn a pro­mo­tion to NAS­CAR’s top level. By­ron, 19, will drive the No. 5 Chevro­let in the Cup se­ries. Kahne and Hen­drick an­nounced their split ear­lier this week. By­ron will be spon­sored by Ax­alta Coat­ing Sys­tems and Lib­erty Uni­ver­sity. By­ron is in his first sea­son in the Xfin­ity Se­ries, and has vic­to­ries at Iowa, Day­tona and In­di­anapo­lis. He will be team­mates next sea­son with Jim­mie John­son, Chase El­liott and Alex Bow­man. NAS­CAR is rapidly chang­ing, with Jeff Gor­don, Tony Ste­wart and, in a mat­ter of months, Dale Earn­hardt Jr. all re­tir­ing. For­mer cham­pi­ons Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch are among those un­signed for next sea­son. Kahne was bounced ear­lier this week with a year re­main­ing on his con­tract — and just weeks af­ter he won at In­di­anapo­lis.

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