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Kasey Kahne looking calm and collected
Let's recap this situation. Kasey Kahne has the skills to drive his way to a Sprint Cup Championship. It will not be with Red Bull Racing, though.
The fans were upset when Kahne left early. It gave them no time to prepare for the change in team and number of someone that they admired. Plus, it upset the Scott Speed fans because they lose their driver completely. He gets kicked out of his car for Kahne next season.
Even though they got Kahne out of the cars at RPM, he still cannot run a Red Bull Racing car up front. Those cars do not give him the comfort zone he needs to race at his best. He's still going to be insecure about his future until he gets to Hendrick.
That leads us to the final reason of it being a one-year deal. As I said, Kahne will remain nervous and insecure about what his future holds. When he gets to Hendrick, it may straighten out because it is, in fact, a multi-year deal.
Look for Kahne to improve his finishes from RPM while he races for RBR, but I do not think it's time to see him up front and winning races. He needs to get situated in his team first.