Kasey Kahne Announces Departure From NASCAR One Day After Elliott Sadler


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.”


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.”

We wish both of these drivers the very best as they embark on a brand new road moving forward.

Fun pic with Dad and Tanner today before the race #goodtimes

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Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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