Kasey Kahne has signed a three year contract extension to stay at NASCAR’s powerhouse team, Hendrick Motorsports, through 2018. This announcement comes a day after Kahne’s nine year run with crew chief Kenny Francis, came to an end, and the hiring of Keith Rodden to become the new crew chief of Kasey Kahne. Kasey Kahne’s third year at Hendrick was his worse season, winning once and finishing 15th in points.
This signing comes as a surprise to some people as speculation rose that Chase Elliott, a Hendrick development driver, may take over for Kahne after the 2015 season. Now that Kahne has a new deal, there are more questions regarding where the Xfinity champion, Chase Elliott, will go. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nascar-from-the-marbles/hendrick-announces-kasey-kahne-signs-3-year-contract-extension-144629016.html
Hendrick Motorsports has four drivers in the Sprint Cup series, which is the max allowed by NASCAR. With all four locked into long term deals, there is a wonder if Chase Elliot will stay with Hendrick and wait for a spot to open up, or try and go elsewhere. NASCAR put in the four driver max rule a few years ago, and it may be time to look into that rule.
NASCAR fan Kenneth Griffin says that many young drivers simply can’t move up into NASCAR’s top series because of the max rule, so they are stuck going to smaller teams that are not nearly successful. Hopefully NASCAR lifts the ban, and you may see Kahne and Elliott be teammates in 2016.