Kahne hopes to save his job with another Pocono victory
Kasey Kahne was busy celebrating his win in the Brickyard 400 and missed team owner Rick Hendrick stating that plans were not set for the No. 5 car next season.
Kahne’s ride. The one he’s under contract to drive in 2018.
“I didn’t hear that until I got home,” Kahne said. “I pretty much knew it. There’s not a lot you can do.”
Kahne’s fate has been in limbo for most of the season because of run-of-the mill finishes and sponsorship woes. Farmer’s Insurance bailed on Kahne. And Great Clips was signed as the primary sponsor for 10 races annually through 2018, but that deal ended early — and so could Kahne’s run with Hendrick Motorsports.
“There’s nothing concrete or done, and that hasn’t changed,” Hendrick said. “We’ll see how things shake out at the end of the year.”
Kahne has two career wins (2008, 2013) at Pocono Raceway. A third Sunday in Long Pond, Pa., could make a decision for Hendrick that much tougher.
XFINITY SERIES: Ryan Preece survived a green-whitecheckered finish at Iowa Speedway in Newton to earn his first career victory.
TRUCK SERIES: Christopher Bell passed John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with six laps left and held on to win at Pocono. Kyle Busch, owner of Bell’s truck, dominated until a late wreck knocked him out of the race.