Kasey Kahne says he’s found a home after re-signing with Hendrick

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 31: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, stands on the grid during Pinnacle Propane Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 31, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, stands on the grid during Pinnacle Propane Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 31, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 31: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, stands on the grid during Pinnacle Propane Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 31, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Kasey Kahne will be racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for Hendrick Motorsports for the next three years. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday morning that the 34-year-old Kahne has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the driver with the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team through the end of the 2018 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Kahne’s contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire following the 2015 NASCAR season.

“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man. Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We’re committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come.”

Kahne, 34, originally signed with Hendrick Motorsports in April 2010 and officially joined the team’s four-car stable for the 2012 season. Over the past three years (2012-14), he ranks among the top-10 drivers in Sprint Cup wins (5), pole positions (4), top-five finishes (26) and laps led (1,177). The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career wins in NASCAR’s top division. The news comes a day after Hendrick announced a crew chief change for Kahne. MORE>>>

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