What is Kasey Kahne doing Now?

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during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 13, 2018 in Sparta, Kentucky.

Kasey Kahne is an American drift track racer and he also used to be a stock car racer who has won 18 NASCAR Cup Series in his 17 years career. When he started his racing career, he was titled the rookie of the year. He has won many races during his career starting with Chevy American Revolution 400 with Evernham Motorsports in 2005.

His last win was in the 2017 Brickyard 400 with Hendrick Motorsports and after that, he retired from racing in 2018 because of health complications. He was then replaced by Regan Smith. Certainly, it was an emotional moment for him as well as for his fans.

So where is Kahne now? and what is he doing nowadays? we will talk about it in this article but first, let’s start with the news of Kahne’s race. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Kahne is participating in the 2022 season of World of Outlaws. Let’s dig this news more below.

Mid-March 2022 marks the start of the Outlaws season

It is already really good news for his fans that he is returning to his roots and as a full-time racer in this year’s World of Outlaws. He replaced  Aaron Reutzel for Roth Motorsports last year 2021. As per the reports, after he replaced Aaron as Sprint Car driver, he really enjoyed it and it inspired him to enter the entire 2022 season as a driver for Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) car. And many are excited him see in the race because it is the first full-time race since he announced his retirement in 2018.

Reports tell that he will be on the wheel of no. 9 where he will partner up with Brad Sweet, a three-time defending series champion who will be on the wheel of no. 49. Kahne has also released an official statement where he said,

“I’ve realized through my commitments as a team owner that I still want to race and challenge myself at this level. I am grateful to have propelled into the NASCAR ranks as quickly as I did, but sprint car racing has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and this is the first chance I’ve had to dedicate myself to it full-time.”

When Kahne first participated in the Outlaws in 1997 he was 17 years old, there he came 11th at Grays Harbor Raceway. After that, in the 19th annual Kings Royal in 2002 he was in the top five finishers. He also founded his sprint car team Kasey Kahne Racing in 2005.

The Outlaws season is officially scheduled to begin in California in mid-March 2022 and end in North Carolina in early November 2022.

Why did Kasey Kahne quit NASCAR?

Simply put he quit because of his health condition so what exactly was his health condition? let’s find out. According to the reports, Kahne had a health condition where he would undergo serious dehydration and a high heart rate during races which obviously affect him and his race.

Before joining Leavine Family Racing Team in 2018 he thought that the health condition or complications he faced in 2017 were gone and he was healthy but he was wrong. He later explained that he could not enjoy his final NASCAR win at the Brickyard 400. He told NBC Sports,

“The problem with the Brickyard is that I did dehydrated and stuff and throwing up and just felt horrible and all I wanted to do was to go to sleep and I didn’t get to enjoy the win, It took until Wednesday before I even felt halfway decent.”

He further said that his condition worsen because he was more focused on keeping his heart rate low than on racing. On September 2, 2018, he raced his final race at Darlington Raceway, and in the middle of the race, he nearly lost vision and as mentioned above, he could not enjoy racing or winning.

He was then told by the doctors that his body was not physically capable to do any more racing. Due to insufficient water retention, Kahne’s heart rate and temperature soared during long races. On October 9, 2018, Kahne announced on his Twitter account that he is retiring because of his health condition.

Kasey’s son doesn’t want him racing

After he announced his retirement from NASCAR, he decided to switch to sprint racing since his body could handle short races and on top of that, he had his own sprint racing team so it was really easy for him. He planned many sprint races for the year 2019.

However, it didn’t go as planned because after 10 races in March 2019 he got injured because of a car crash which left him out of the race. However, he hoped that he would return really soon after the crash. Because of his injury, he got more time to spend with his family, especially with his son Tanner and Kasey revealed that his son does not want him racing again, he told NBC Sports,

“He doesn’t like me getting into race cars anymore, if I get in one, he tells me to get out. Just because he’s glad that I’m home and not racing.” However, he also revealed that his son does like racing, he further said, “I know he likes racing. He had fun when we were at the track.”

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