Kahne Follows Sadler Into NASCAR Retirement


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. The 38-year-old Kahne announced his intentions on Twitter. "I'm not sure what the future holds for me, but I know I'm at ease with the decision I have made".

Kahne has been racing in NASCAR for 17 years, 15 of which were full-time at the top in the Cup Series.

Sadler was on the hunt for sponsorship heading into 2019 as longtime sponsor One Main said it was leaving NASCAR. Late in the 2010 season, Kahne moved over to Red Bull Racing, which had hired him knowing he would leave after the 2011 season to drive for Hendrick Motorsports. Today, Kasey Kahne has joined them in announcing his retirement from full-time racing.

Beyond driving, he owns teams that compete in the World of Outlaws sprint-car series.

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Kahne signed on with Leavine Family Racing for 2018.

Sadler, 43, began racing in what is now the Xfinity Series in 1995, and he has 383 Xfinity starts to his credit. He said Wednesday he'd like to spend more time with his two young children.

Sadler was far more successful in the Xfinity Series with 13 wins and 219 top-10 finishes. 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).

They are the latest in a growing list of NASCAR drivers who have hanged up their helmets in recent years, following Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, three-time champion Tony Stewart and four-time champ Jeff Gordon.