Kasey Kahne, one of NASCAR’s top 75 drivers, takes on a new challenge in the world of racing. He has joined the SRX Series lineup for a one-off event that will put him back on a tarmac surface.
According to a press release, Kahne will join a packed lineup for the Aug. 3 event at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway. He will take control of one of the purpose-built race cars and go head-to-head with some of the drivers from his NASCAR Cup Series days. Kahne will also be back competing on tarmac, having primarily focused on dirt competition for the past several years.
“Getting Kasey to join SRX has been my goal since day one of last year. He’s an incredible talent who disappeared from the scene way too early for some to know just how good he really is,” said Don Hawk, SRX Chief Executive Officer.
“I’m really happy and excited that he’s coming to Berlin Raceway and joining a field of superstars in Michigan. The fans are the real winners here.”
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The Berlin Raceway Lineup will feature outstanding drivers
Kahne is just the newest rider to join the full lineup for the trip to the Michigan Short Track. He will compete with standout names from NASCAR and the NTT IndyCar Series.
The list of full-time drivers includes Brad Keselowski, Hailie Deegan, Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Paul Tracy, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay. There will also be part-time drivers in Helio Castroneves, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick to help fill in the field.
Kahne has no shortage of experience competing with Keselowski, Stewart, Busch, Harvick, Newman and Labonte. He knows how aggressive they can be on the track and what some of their tendencies are in short track events.
However, there is a significant difference considering he drove for Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR national series at those races. The vehicles are completely different than what they will all drive in Michigan.
Another former peer will comment
There will be several drivers that Kahne will reunite with during his one-off SRX Series event in Michigan. Meanwhile, another will comment while trying to secure a win in another race car.
The SRX series took time out on April 25 to unveil the broadcast lineup for the six-race season as it moves to ESPN. Once again, Allen Bestwick will be running the booth while Matt Yocum works as pit reporter. There will also be three analysts covering different events on the schedule.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip will be on hand for the July 20 race at the Thunder Road Speedbowl, Va., while IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly will attend the July 27 event at Motor Mile Speedway, Va Lucas Oil Speedway (Missouri) will be commentating on the August 17 event.
The other three races will feature a two-time Cup Series champion in the dressing room. Joey Logano will join Bestwick on July 13 at Stafford Motor Speedway (Connecticut), August 3 at Berlin Raceway (Michigan) and August 10 at Eldora Speedway (Ohio).