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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt DiBenedetto will drive for Leavine Family Racing next season and the team will field Toyota Camrys.
The team currently uses Chevrolet but will receive engines and technology, data and technical assistance from Toyota Racing Development in 2019. The team will receive its chassis from Joe Gibbs Racing.
Kasey Kahne drove for Leavine this season but has been on medical leave since August and will not return to NASCAR. Regan Smith is finishing the season in the No. 95.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jamie McMurray set a record at Charlotte Motor Speedway by winning his second career Cup Series start. Back for the 16th anniversary of that surprise trip to victory lane, McMurray is just another veteran at a career crossroads in NASCAR.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne will not defend his Brickyard 400 victory because of dehydration issues he said result in an elevated heart rate while he is driving.
Kahne said he felt so poorly he should not have been driving the final 100 laps of last weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. He said he was nauseous, struggled to take in fluids from the midway point of the race and vomited when it was over.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Two more drivers are headed to the checkered flag of their NASCAR careers and the laps are winding down for a golden age of racing.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne announced Thursday that he will retire from full-time racing in NASCAR and plans to focus on the sprint car team he owns.
Kahne said in a Twitter post that he is at ease with the decision after 15 years racing in NASCAR. Kahne, from Enumclaw, Washington, made it to NASCAR via sprint car racing and his Kasey Kahne Racing team competes in the World of Outlaws series.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway (all times local):
Erik Jones has won a crash-filled NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway, passing defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. on the final lap and then crossing the finish line for the first victory of his Cup Series career.
Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks, but his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough shape to get by Truex.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Alan Gustafson for two races after Chase Elliott's car was found to have an illegal rear window during the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend.
Elliott was docked 20 points, and Gustafson was fined $50,000. The 20-point penalty drops Elliott from 15th to 18th in the Cup standings.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are two former sprint car stars who are on the outside looking in right now at the Super Bowl of Midget Racing.
Neither NASCAR driver scored a top-three finish in Friday night's qualifier, where the podium drivers earn automatic berths into the main event — the Chili Bowl A Main at the Tulsa Expo Center.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall first and Chase Elliott quickly followed the champion's miscalculated route when his car slammed into about the same spot. The Hendrick Motorsports drivers traded their Chevrolets for John Deere golf cart rides to the medical center.
Even on routine laps in practice, the hits kept coming Friday at Hendrick Motorsports.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne will stay in NASCAR next season and drive for Leavine Family Racing in the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro.
He will replace Michael McDowell, who has driven that car since 2014.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports has replaced driver Kasey Kahne's crew chief for the rest of the season.
The team named Darian Grubb the crew chief for Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet for the remaining nine races of the NASCAR season. Kahne is in the playoffs and finished 21st Sunday at Chicagoland.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Justin Allgaier threw a victory bash in front of his home-state fans.
Allgaier pulled away off the final restart and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Allgaier, from nearby Riverton, won for the second time this season in NASCAR's second-tier series. JR Motorsports had a banner day with Allgaier's win and the official coronation of Elliott Sadler's regular-season championship.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne is not a candidate to replace Danica Patrick next season and, as he prepares to start NASCAR's playoffs, he's considering a future outside the series.
Kahne is not returning to Hendrick Motorsports next season. He was informed he was being let go with one year remaining on his contract not long after he won at Indianapolis in July.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports' four drivers have committed $200,000 to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims, and the drivers hope to raise a total of $500,000.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Erik Jones' timing was perfect for first career pole in the NASCAR Cup Series — at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he's fighting hard for a playoff position.
The rookie turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring to take the top starting spot for Saturday night's race. Jones, who drives for Furniture Row Racing, bumped Kyle Larson from the pole.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — A racing fan who grew up in North Carolina, William Byron remembers peering into windows at Hendrick Motorsports.
He saw cars built for Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's biggest stars during Byron's 19 years.
Soon, he will be on the opposite side of the glass.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne is out at Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season.
The Brickyard 400 winner was released from the final year of his contract, allowing him to pursue another Cup ride for 2018. Team owner Rick Hendrick did not immediately name a replacement for the No. 5 Chevrolet.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kasey Kahne was busy celebrating his win in the Brickyard 400 and missed his team owner state plans are not set for the No. 5 car next season.
You know, Kahne's ride. The one he's under contract to drive in 2018.
"I didn't hear that until I got home," Kahne said.
But there was little need for a spoiler alert warning on team owner Rick Hendrick's news.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — For now, William Byron's future is in the NASCAR Xfinity series. If he keeps racing as he has, he'll likely find himself in a Monster Cup ride soon enough.
Byron and the No. 9 JR Motorsports team, in partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, have dominated the Xfinity series the past six weeks.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne proved he's still capable of winning races.
Now he must convince team owner Rick Hendrick he still belongs on one of NASCAR's strongest teams.
One day after 19-year-old William Byron won his third Xfinity Series races in less than a month, Kahne overcame dangerous heat, painful muscle cramps and a grueling, crash-marred, six-hour marathon Cup race to earn his first win in almost three years. It might take an even bigger effort to keep his job.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne needed a break Sunday — and got it.
The 37-year-old driver barely reached the overtime line before the last caution flag came out in a crash-marred Brickyard 400, allowing Kahne to complete a six-hour marathon and snap a long winless streak.
He crossed the yard of bricks under caution with daylight fading and his muscles cramping, just ahead of Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Ryan Blaney was all alone atop the leaderboard Friday during qualifying at Kansas Speedway.
He probably felt all alone on the track, too.
Blaney earned his first career NASCAR Cup pole for Saturday night's race, but only after traffic jams at inspection prevented 11 cars from getting on the track. Among the big names that failed to turn a lap were Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.
Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski will begin his bid for a third victory in the past four NASCAR Cup races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the pole after topping qualifying Friday night.
Keselowski, who also won last week's race at Atlanta, posted a top seed of 193.68 mph in his No. 2 Ford for his 13th career pole. He won at the 1.5-mile track last year and in 2014.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was ticked off with his ill-handling car early in Friday's first NASCAR Cup practice. From a road rage incident while riding his bike to exasperation over his Washington Redskins, Junior is going through a rough patch.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Reed picked up the second Xfinity Series victory of his career — both at Daytona International Speedway — by winning the wreck-filled season-opener Saturday.
Reed held off Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne in a two-lap overtime shootout to win in a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Reed's only other career victory came in this race in 2015, and he was celebrated for overcoming a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes to become a race-winning driver.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Carl Edwards' latest championship loss might have been even more painful than his first.
Leading the NASCAR season finale with 10 laps to go and closing in on his first title, Edwards wrecked while blocking fellow contender Joey Logano on a restart Sunday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports has locked down the driver and sponsor of its No. 5 car with an extension of Great Clips for driver Kasey Kahne.
The two-year agreement covers the 2017 and 2018 seasons and gives Kahne 10 races of sponsorship each year. Great Clips, which has been with Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, also will be a major associate sponsor of the No. 5 team each year.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Keeping a dynasty seems even more challenging than creating one. Just ask Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick.
The NASCAR titan has fielded 11 Sprint Cup champions over the past 21 years, won 242 Sprint Cup races and just two seasons ago had all four of his star drivers— Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne — in the 16-team championship chase.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or his $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.
Childers is the fifth crew chief suspended over a lug nut rule instituted by NASCAR earlier this season. The rule was put in place because teams were not applying all five lug nuts properly in an effort to...