Kasey Kahne Confident He Will Have A Cup Ride

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

DETROIT – Kasey Kahne may not know where or what he will be driving in 2018 but following Chevrolet’s unveiling of the Camaro for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, on Thursday, he told Kickin’ the Tires, “I’ll be racing next year, yeah.”

“I really don’t know what I will be driving exactly, yet,” Kahne said. “I started getting on the phone Sunday night, Monday morning to start looking. But I feel really comfortable about it. Mr. H (Rick Hendrick) has been behind it all and it is awesome to have someone like him behind it trying to help out and make some things happen. So, I think we will be in good shape. It’s just a matter of where that ends up, I don’t know.”

Hendrick confirmed during a teleconference announcing William Byron as the replacement for Kahne in the No. 5 car in 2018 and beyond, that he is “on the hook” for Kahne salary whether he races, or not. But he also said he was working on a deal to get Kahne a ride.

Asked if the rumors were true that he was signing a deal with GMS Racing to help that team, which is currently in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series bring their program to the Cup level, Kahne said that was bad information.

“Yeah, I don’t think there is any truth to that but I really don’t know,” he said.

Kahne is confident that he will be in the Cup Series in 2018 but he admits there are a lot of variable in play. He was adamant that he doesn’t have any plans to race in the Xfinity Series. He added that he doesn’t have a wish list because he realizes there aren’t a lot of open spots left. It’s something that he says he will watch, wait and see what comes his way. He also can’t overlook his Brickyard 400 win, which qualified him for NASCAR’s playoffs, and how far he goes in the post season could impact any future deals he is working on.

“I have no idea because I think the hard part is that there are not a lot of openings, you know, there are not a lot of cars to go and get in,” Kahne said. “So, it is hard to know where that would be and I would hate to shoot myself in the foot on anything. Really the biggest thing to me is to try and find something that we can be competitive with, that we can build a team behind me that wants me there and wants to be part of it and I feel like I can perform way better than I have over the last two years and that is what I want to do.

“I will be driving next year, yeah. I am not racing Xfinity, so I will either be in Cup or I will be doing something different.”

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