Defending Brickyard 400, my bad Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard presented by Florida Georgia Line winner Kasey Kahne will miss this Sunday (or Monday’s) race. Kahne is suffering from extreme heat exhaustion from last weekend’s Southern 500. Leavine Family Racing put out this statement and announced everyone’s favorite substitute Regan Smith will fill in for Kahne.
BREAKING NEWS: @kaseykahne, driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet for @LFR, will not compete in this weekend’s Monster Energy @NASCAR Cup Series events @IMS due to lingering effects from extreme heat exhaustion following last weekend’s events @TooToughToTame.
— LeavineFamilyRacing (@LFR95) September 6, 2018
Kahne voluntarily went to the infield care center last weekend following the Southern 500 for heat exhaustion. Anytime a driver voluntarily goes to the care center you know it’s bad. The effects of the exhaustion lingered throughout the week and now Kahne is missing the Brickyard 400.
“Several days later, Kahne opted to consult with several physicians who recommended that he sit out from this weekend’s events at Indianapolis until further testing and evaluations are completed,” the team said in a statement.
2018 has been a trying year for Kahne. He was released from Hendrick Motorsports and moved to the LFR #95 car. A step down in performance likely played into Kahne deciding to retire after the 2018 season. With only 12 races left in his full-time Cup career, Kahne didn’t want to miss defending what will likely be his last Cup win.
Regan Smith Steps In For Another Team
This will be the 10th NASCAR Cup Series team Regan Smith will have driven for. Smith’s last Cup series starts came in 2017 at the Coke 600 and the following weekend at Dover for Richard Petty Motorsports. His last race at Indianapolis was for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2016 where he finished 26th.
Smith’s best finish at Indianapolis was 3rd in 2011 when he was driving for Furniture Row Racing. Outside of that, his finishes are wildly mediocre. This weekend for LFR is about getting the best finish possible, there is a minuscule chance of winning if all hell breaks loose. Other than that a Top-20 finish for the team would be a win.
Hopefully, Kahne’s condition continues to improve and he can return at Las Vegas next weekend.
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