Kahne Not Medically Cleared To Return In 2018

Kasey Kahne announces that he has not been medically cleared to return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018. Kahne, suffering from extreme heat exhaustion, will be retiring at year’s end and this effectively ends his 15-year Cup career.

The Leavine Family Racing entry will be run by Regan Smith once again this weekend at Talladega. There is a press conference scheduled for Wednesday where they are set to announce Matt DiBenedetto as the new driver for 2019 and a possible manufacturer change from Chevrolet to Toyota.