Hendrick Reveals He Is Paying Kahne Still In 2018, Looking To Find Him a Ride, Why GMS Rumor Is Logical Fit

GMS Racing has steadily been moving up the NASCAR ranks. They ran Spencer Gallagher in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the last few years, then moved up to NASCAR XFINITY Series action for 2017. Lately, its been rumored that with the backing by Hendrick Motorsports, GMS would move up to Cup in 2018 with a two-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team for next season and beyond.

Kasey Kahne during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 18, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.

With that being said, Rick Hendrick may have slipped and revealed that those plans are indeed in the works during the teleconference between him and William Byron on Wednesday morning. 

“I’m trying to help Kasey (Kahne) in a situation that we could be involved helping another team,” Hendrick said this morning. He was referencing to declining the option on Kahne’s contract to be in the No. 5 Chevrolet next season and putting Byron in as his replacement instead. But, Hendrick said he is still paying Kahne for 2018 and would like to find him a ride because of that.

“I have an obligation to two drivers, so I am paying Kasey next year,” Hendrick continued. “There are several situations that we are talking to for an alliance, which would be good for everyone. I’m investing in the future all the time.”

Enter GMS.

It would be a great get for GMS too. They’d move Gallagher up in one car, after all, Gallagher’s family owns the team, then pair him with a veteran like Kahne would make the absolute most sense. In turn, they get cars, chassis, engines and funding from HMS as well as HMS paying Kahne’s salary to be in that seat too.

It’s a win/win for all parties.

But, Hendrick did reveal that he’s talking with “a couple of teams” about that option.

To me, GMS looks to be the most likely. They’ve been wanting to move up and it’s been on the rumor mill for at least two months that this deal will come forward. It sounds like now it’s on the horizon.

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