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NASCAR Cup: Kasey Kahne considers mixed schedule for 2018

Kasey Kahne speaks to a reporter during NASCAR playoffs media day on Sept. 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Kasey Kahne speaks to a reporter during NASCAR playoffs media day on Sept. 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne still doesn’t have concrete racing plans for 2018, but he’s considering a mixed schedule that’ll include sprint cars, IndyCar and a few NASCAR races thrown in.

“Three or four days ago, I had a great plan to do sprint cars, and see if I could do an IndyCar race or two, a couple of NASCAR races like the (Daytona) 500, the Brickyard, things like that,” Kahne said during the NASCAR playoffs media day Wednesday. “I thought that would be quite a dream and pretty awesome to do, but if I can come up with a strong deal for next year, then, I’d like to do that. I enjoy racing NASCAR, and I feel like I don’t want to get too far away from it, because I feel I still have some strong years left in me to race in the Cup Series.”

Kahne will be relieved from his driving duties in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at the end of the 2017, so team owner Rick Hendrick can make room for William Byron.

Kahne has never competed in an IndyCar race, but he tested and IndyCar and a Champ Car several years ago.

“I drove an IndyCar a couple of times,” Kahne said. “I really enjoyed it, and I’ve talked about doing the Indy 500 a few times; it just never was able to work with other team owners and things. It just never worked out, but it’s always been something on my mind. It just hasn’t ever worked with the NASCAR deal and the teams and owners that I’ve driven for, and we just haven’t ever been able to put it all together. If I wasn’t racing full-time Cup, that would be, like, top priority.”

Kahne owns his own sprint car team. As far as NASCAR goes, Kahne doesn’t think the No. 10 car at Stewart-Haas Racing will be an option for him but the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing entry may be.

Kahne is one of three drivers participating in the 16-driver playoffs, beginning Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, whor are “free agents,” the other two being Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.

Kahne had one year remaining on his contract with Hendrick Motorsports. Upon the announcement of Kahne’s release, Hendrick said he would continue to pay Kahne next year and would assist in the driver’s search for a ride.

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