NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
R
Daytona Clash
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Next event in
19 days
08 Feb
-
16 Feb
Next event in
19 days
R
Las Vegas
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Next event in
32 days
R
Fontana
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Next event in
39 days
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
46 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
53 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
60 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
67 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
74 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
88 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
95 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
102 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
108 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
116 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
123 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
130 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
137 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
144 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
151 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
158 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
165 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
171 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
179 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
200 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
207 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
214 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
220 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
228 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
234 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
241 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
249 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
256 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
263 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
270 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
277 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
284 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
291 days

Kahne's former crew chief "didn't see eye to eye" with team owner

shares
comments
Kahne's former crew chief "didn't see eye to eye" with team owner
By:
Jun 28, 2018, 10:18 PM

Kasey Kahne says he was not behind the recent change of his crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore
Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet Camaro and Travis Mack
Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore
Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Tommy Williams Drywall and Travis Mack
Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore
Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore
Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Procore
Travis Mack

Last week, Kahne’s Leavine Family Racing team named Jon Leonard, the team engineer, as interim crew chief, replacing Travis Mack, who had to the No. 95 Chevrolet team from Hendrick Motorsports, where he served as car chief for the No. 88 team.

Leonard had served as a crew chief for five races for the No. 95 at the end of last season for the team’s driver at the time, Michael McDowell.

“Me and Travis actually were fine,” Kahne told SirusXM Radio in an interview with host Dave Moody Thursday afternoon. “We got along fine. We worked hard together. I thought Travis was really open to my feedback and working with me.

“I was open to him and the direction he was pushing along. He was learning a lot and working hard at the same time with the team on a race weekend. I was behind Travis the entire time.”

Reason behind the change

So what went wrong?

“He and Bob (Leavine, team owner) didn’t see eye-to-eye in a few areas and I feel like they got off-track with each other more than anything else,” Kahne said. “Because of that, they made a change.

“Overall, Bob is looking at the big picture; looking at things that will help our team the rest of this season and in the future. That was something that he thought he needed to make a change with.

“I’m not against what Bob did because he’s our boss and I’m really happy to have a job and I enjoy racing where I’m racing. That was more between them.”

Kahne finished 20th in Sunday’s race at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, just the sixth top-20 finish for the team in the season’s first 16 races.

“Now I’m with Jon and I’m going to do everything I can to work with him and the rest of the team like we already have all season,” Kahne said. “Jon’s been our engineer so it’s not a huge difference in that side.

“I’m behind him and I’m behind Bob.”

Next article
Roger Penske: "I know our cars are getting better"

Previous article

Roger Penske: "I know our cars are getting better"

Next article

Kevin Harvick: Young racers need to chase "their actual real talent"

Kevin Harvick: Young racers need to chase "their actual real talent"
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne
Teams Leavine Family Racing
Author Jim Utter