As the NASCAR season begins to rev up for their playoff push, one of its favorite drivers, Kasey Kahne, has announced his departure from the sport at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
“I’ve thought about this decision for many months, if not longer,” Kahne wrote on his Twitter page on Thursday morning (Aug. 16.) “It’s time for me to step away from racing in NASCAR full time. … Racing in Cup full time for a few more years was just something that I couldn’t commit to. I’m not sure what the future holds for me, but I know I’m at ease with the decision that I have made. The highs didn’t outweigh the lows and the grueling schedule takes a toll on your quality of life.”
— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 16, 2018
Just 24 hours earlier, fellow NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler shocked fans when he announced his retirement from full-time racing, also at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
“It’s time for me, as a Dad, to help my kids pursue their dreams,” Sadler wrote on his various social media channels. “Wyatt is 8 and Austyn is 6 and both of them are very active at school and in extracurricular activities. I want to be with them for all their special moments. … It’s time for me to be the full-time Dad that I want to be.”
After much consideration and many conversations with my family, I’ve decided this will be my last season racing full time in NASCAR. (Full Statement: https://t.co/iLQnNG215o) pic.twitter.com/cKEclUt55F
— Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) August 15, 2018
We wish both of these drivers the very best as they embark on a brand new road moving forward.