Another star driver announces retirement from full-time racing


NASCAR star Kasey Kahne says he's stepping away from being a full-time driver - explaining the grind is taking too much of a toll on his personal life.

Kahne, 38, broke the news in a statement on Twitter.

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Kasey Kahne announced via twitter on Thursday that he will not run full-time in the Cup series after the end of the 2018 season. "I'm not sure what the future holds for me, but I know I'm at ease with the decision that I have made". He has 18 Cup Series victories in his career, with the most recent one coming last season at Indianapolis. Overall, he has competed in 383 Xfinity races as well as 438 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A victor of 18 Cup races, his most recent being the 2017 Brickyard 400, Kahne has competed for teams such as Richard Petty, Red Bull Racing, and Hendrick Motorsports. I need to spend more time doing the things that I enjoy and love and that's spending time with Tanner and my sprint auto teams. The 38-year-old says he will focus on his son, Tanner, and his Kasey Kahne Racing sprint vehicle teams. Last September, he signed on with Leavine to drive the No. 95 Chevrolet. The sponsor has been with Sadler ever since he made the full-time move back to the Xfinity Series in 2011. He has one top-five finish in 23 starts for Leavine, and said the team offered him a ride for next year but Kahne did not want to commit to NASCAR.

Sadler also finished second in Xfinity in 2011 and 2012. He said Wednesday he'd like to spend more time with his two young children. Sadler's three Cup wins were at Texas and Auto Club Speedway (both in 2004 for Yates Racing) and Bristol (2001 for Wood Brothers Racing).