Kasey Kahne Semi-Retiring from NASCAR, Grueling Schedule Is Killing Me

NASCAR: Another star driver announces retirement from full-time racing | News & Observer

Fifteen-year premier series veteran Kasey Kahne revealed that 2018 will be his last full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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

"I've thought about this decision for many months, if not longer", the 38-year-old said.

"I'm not sure what the future holds for me", Kahne said.

Kahne becomes the second driver this week to announce that he's stepping away from full-time racing.

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Citing the toll the "grueling schedule" has taken, Kahne said he plans to spend more time with his son, Tanner, and with his sprint vehicle teams.

2004 turned out to be Sadler's best year at NASCAR's top level. Racing in Cup full time for a few more years was just something that I couldn't commit to. I need to spend more time doing the things that I enjoy and love and that's spending time with Tanner and my sprint vehicle teams.

Sadler is 43 and now drives for JR Motorsports in the second-tier Xfinity Series. He spent 12 full-time seasons in the Cup Series driving for Wood Brothers Racing, Robert Yates Racing, Evernham Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports. We still have some work to do this year in the #95 and I look forward to finishing the season with this team. He also has eight Xfinity Series wins and five truck victories in six career starts in the series.

Kahne won six races in just his third season in 2006 and finished eighth in points.

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