Kasey Kahne Jumps To Hendrick Motorsports

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Kasey Kahne will leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2010 season.  More importantly Kahne will drive the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, but not until after Mark Martin retires at the end of the 2011 season.  So beginning with the start of the 2012 season, Kasey Kahne is scheduled to jump into the driver’s seat of the #5 Hendrick Chevy!

Hendrick Motorsports would not comment on Kahne coming their stable in 2012.  Also there was no statement on what Kasey Kahne’s 2011 season will entail.  However, officials from Kahne’s current team, Richard Petty , did confirm that Kahne and RPM will go their separate ways at the end of the 2010 season.

Kahne began his Sprint Cup career with Evernham Motorsports in 2004.  Over the next five years he has won eight races.  In 2009 Evernham-Gillette Motorsports merged with Petty Enterprises and became Richard Petty Motorsports.  After the 2009 season Richard Petty Motorsports merged with Yates Racing and switched manufacturers to Ford.

HMS currently has four drivers all locked into contracts through the end of the 20011 season, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie J0hnson, Mark Martin, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  However Stewart-Haas Racing, who is very closely aligned with HMS, only has two race teams at this time.

Could Stewart-Haas Racing provide a position and race team for Kasey Kahne to compete in the 2011 season?  That could be a strong maybe!

What do you think?


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