THE REAL REASONS FOR KASEY KAHNE’S DEPARTURE

Kasey Kahne left RPM under a shroud of mystery: Was it team finances?  Bruised ego? Is Kahne Doomed? Was it a power play by management?  While those factors played a small part, the real reasons for Kahne's departure go much deeper.   Kahne had a great sponsor, women love him and yet he walked away from the Budweiser No. 9 with five races to go.  Here are the top five reasons why.   Reason #1: The Stereo Situation Kahne was incensed at his team-imposed ban from pu ...

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KAHNE CALLS SPLIT MUTUAL, MOVES ON

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Just days after being released from Richard Petty Motorsports, Kasey Kahne addressed the media with his new organization Red Bull Racing. Joined by Red Bull Racing vice president and general manager Jay Frye, Kahne discussed his relationship with RPM, how it broke down throughout this season and what he expects moving forward. “A lot of things happened this week,” Frye said. “Obviously, we’re really excited to get a head start on 2011 season. This is so ...

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WHY MENARD TO RCR MAKES SENSE

Reports surfaced earlier this week that current Richard Petty Motorsports driver Paul Menard is likely to make a move to Richard Childress Racing for the 2011 season. At the end of 2009, RCR was forced to cut back their four car team due to a lack of sponsorship, but SI.com's Tom Bowles explains at why expanding to a four car operation makes sense for RCR this time and why Menard is the perfect guy for the job. Possible Menard, RCR union might not be such a bad idea (SI.com) ...

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MARTIN INSISTS HE WILL DRIVE NO. 5 IN 2011

NASCAR’s silly season is always full of twists and turns, but this year is more complicated than most. Earlier in the year, it was announced Kasey Kahne would leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of 2010 and would be driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. The current driver of the No. 5, Mark Martin is slated to drive the car for the 2011 season, while Kahne will have to find a ride for one year before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 5. Once the announceme ...

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