Kasey Kahne to retire from full-time NASCAR racing after 2018

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NASCAR star Kasey Kahne says he's stepping away from being a full-time driver - explaining the grind is taking too much of a toll on his personal life.

"I've thought about this decision for many months, if not longer", Kahne wrote on his Twitter account. The 38-year-old veteran now drives the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing and his contract was set to expire at the end of the season.

"The highs didn't outweigh the lows and the grueling schedule takes a toll on your quality of life", Kahne said.

Kasey Kahne, who burst onto the scene at the height of NASCAR's popularity as one of several drivers expected to carry the sport in the new century, announced his retirement from full-time NASCAR racing on Thursday.

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Beyond driving, he owns teams that compete in the World of Outlaws sprint-car series. Kahne, from Enumclaw, Washington, made it to NASCAR via sprint auto racing and his Kasey Kahne Racing team competes in the World of Outlaws series.

Kahne enjoyed a fast start to his career, winning 11 times in his first six seasons, but tapered off in subsequent seasons with Red Bull Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Leavine.

The former Hendrick Motorsports driver has 18 victories, including a playoff-clinching win last season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kahne won six races in just his third season in 2006 and finished eighth in points. He has one top-five finish in 23 starts for Leavine, and said the team offered him a ride for next year but Kahne did not want to commit to NASCAR.

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