Enumclaw's Kasey Kahne retiring after 15 Cup seasons in NASCAR

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2018

The 38-year-old Kahne announced his intentions on Twitter.

On Thursday, the 15-year veteran of NASCAR's top racing circuit announced this will be his last season as a full-time driver.

Kahne says he's "at ease" with his decision because when it comes down to it - "The highs didn't outweigh the lows and the grueling schedule takes a toll on your quality of life". But he never quite lived up to the hype after winning Rookie of the Year in 2004 in the No. 9 Dodge, at that time one of the most popular rides in the sport, having previously been driven by Bill Elliott. He also won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - NASCAR's longest race - three times (2006, 2008, 2012).

Beyond driving, he owns teams that compete in the World of Outlaws sprint-car series. Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet won the prestigious Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals on Saturday night. In 12 full-time seasons in Cup he earned three wins, 19 top fives and eight poles. He had been offered a ride with Leavine next year, but plans to spend his time with his young son, Tanner, and with his sprint vehicle team. Elliott Sadler, 43, made the same announcement Wednesday.

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Kahne, in his first year driving the No. 95 Chevrolet for Leavine Family Racing, now is 28th in the Cup Series standings.

Sadler is 43 and now drives for JR Motorsports in the second-tier Xfinity Series.

Leavine Family Racing has been rumored to make a switch-over to Toyota next season. More time with the family is the primary reason Sadler will be retiring at the end of this season.

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