Kasey Kahne to miss three more races, will not retire

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

He had dehydration issues during the Southern 500 on September 2, an affliction he has battled for more than a year.

In a teleconference last week, Kahne said the problem occurred over periods past year as well and "has been on my mind" as he made the call to retire from full-time Cup Series competition.

Smith finished 20th in Monday's race 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". We're still trying to figure that out.

While the 38-year-old is retiring at the end of the year, Kahne said he's adamant about still continuing his career in racing.

Ten races remain in the 2018 Cup Series season. "That's why I'm not racing (at Indianapolis), I don't want to create any more damage to myself or my body". He was ruled out of the Brickyard 400 on doctors' recommendations and will miss the next three races at Las Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte.

Kasey Kahne will skip the next three NASCAR races, with Regan Smith driving in his place. He admitted that the issue played a role in his decision announced last month that he would step away from fulltime NASCAR racing at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The plan of having Smith in the No. 95 for the next three races has him driving the auto at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 16, Richmond Raceway in Virginia on September 22, and September 30 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval in North Carolina.

Kahne now is in 28th place in the NASCAR Cup standings. His average finishing position in the 25 races in which he competed in the regular season was 22.8.

Kasey Kahne will miss at least three of the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races as a result of an ongoing hydration issue.

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