Leavine Family Racing Statement - Kahne Out at Las Vegas

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

The issue resulted in extreme heat exhaustion during the last race he ran, the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 2.

Driver Kasey Kahne celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 autorace in Concord, North Carolina May 27, 2012. Smith finished 20 in his debut Monday for LFR in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Him missing this race brought his streak of 529 consecutive starts to an end.

"I just can't control the temperature in my body and my heart rate", Kahne said at Indianapolis during his media availability on September 7.

Kahne said he has had ongoing problems remaining hydrated during races since last season. We're still trying to figure that out.

Here is what the 18-time Cup Series race victor had to say about the matter, according to NBC Sports Network. "I've been racing most of my life and I'm not ready to give it up". He was ruled out of the Brickyard 400 on doctors' recommendations and will miss the next three races at Las Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte.

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Anyone who expects Kasey Kahne to fully retire from racing in the wake of dehydration issues shouldn't hold their breath, the 38-year-old said Wednesday.

The Brickyard 400 was Regan Smith's first Cup Series race since filling in for an injured Aric Almirola at Richard Petty Motorsports a year ago.

Temperatures could reach 100 degrees this weekend in Las Vegas. His average finishing position in the 25 races in which he competed in the regular season was 22.8.

Leavine Family Racing announced Tuesday night that Smith will drive the No. 95 vehicle Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on September 22 at Richmond Raceway and on September 30 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

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