Leavine Family Racing announced on the week leading up to the Brickyard 400 that due to lingering effects from his heat exhaustion that was suffered during the Southern 500 that Kasey Kahne would miss the upcoming race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Tuesday, LFR sent out another release that Kahne will miss at least the next three weeks due to this.
Regan Smith subbed for him in Indianapolis and brought the No. 95 Chevrolet home 20th in his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start in well over a year. Smith, will get the nod in the next three races at Las Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte too.
Kahne, had a teleconference last week describing how hard it was for him to even finish the Labor Day weekend race at the Darlington Raceway. He said with 100 laps-to-go, it was hard for him to even keep his eyes open. He was having a difficult time controlling his heart rate and that he basically laid down in the car through the corners.
He said that he will see doctors to find out why this is happening as the Washington state native has suffered through this multiple times over the past year.
“It’s better for me to stay home and figure out how to help the situation before I get back in the car,” Kahne said.
Well, he’s doing just that and good for him too. He could have brushed all of this off and still raced in the final 11 races because this is his last full time season in NASCAR. He announced his retirement last month.