Kasey Kahne is returning to his roots, aboard a sprint car in 2019, as he recently announced his sprint car schedule for the coming season, which tentatively will feature over 50 races. The now-retired NASCAR star will compete with both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.
Kahne, who will fly the colors of Wicked Energy Gum aboard his No. 9 machine, will kick off the 2019 season at the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida in February at Volusia Speedway Park with the All Stars and Outlaws.
“This is the most excited I have been in a long time to get back to racing,” said Kahne, who won 18 NASCAR Cup Series races in his career as well as eight Xfinity Series and five Truck Series races. “I feel great and I’ve been working out a lot preparing for the upcoming season. Returning to sprint cars on a more regular basis is something that I have been looking forward to for years.”
Following the events in Florida, Kahne will follow the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series to Texas and then Las Vegas to wrap up the month of February. The Washington native competed in 10 events with the Outlaws in 2018, qualifying for the main event in eight of those races, earning a pair of top-10 finishes, as he continues to chase his first-career Outlaws win.
After an early spring break, Kahne will join the Outlaws at Eldora Speedway in May and will follow the series for their first East Coast Swing of the season. He will then follow the series back to the Midwest in early June and will spent a majority of that month competing with the “Greatest Show on Dirt.”
Among the high-paying events on his tentative schedule, Kahne will race in the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals in Nashville, as well as the Jackson Nationals in Minnesota, the Kings Royal at Eldora, the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway and the famed Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.
Kahne will also make his debut at several tracks in the Midwest, including the always thrilling, high-banked bullring that is River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., as well as Granite City Speedway in Minnesota, Farley Speedway in Iowa, Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois and Brown County Speedway in South Dakota.
With the All Stars, Kahne has six-career wins and he is tentatively scheduled to compete in a handful of events with the series, mainly in the Midwest, gearing up for the Knoxville Nationals in August.
Kahne, who has called the Charlotte area home, since the early 2000s, will wrap his 2019 campaign up the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November. He will also race with the Outlaws in the spring event at the state-of-the-art, four-tenths-mile.
In addition to Kahne’s No. 9, Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) will also field Brad Sweet’s No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts car on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour for another run at the title in 2019. Sweet, who won a career-high nine races in 2018, including the $150,000 Knoxville Nationals, has finished second in points each of the last two years. In his four full seasons on the road with the Outlaws as part of KKR, Sweet has finished sixth or better in points each and every season, with four of those being top-five point showings.