Kasey Kahne to Drive Two Nationwide Series Races for JR Motorsports

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IJune 28, 2011

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 25:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #4 Red Bull Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 25, 2011 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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While JR Motorsports continues to confirm who will be driving their No. 7 entry this year, Kasey Kahne announced via Twitter that he has been added to the lineup.

"Racing Kentucky and New Hampshire for JR Motorsports in #7," Kahne tweeted. "Should be exciting."

The announcement comes to some as a surprise as previous Nationwide races that Kasey Kahne has ran have come with Turner Motorsports. However, Turner Motorsports already has drivers lined up for those two races.

With Kahne moving over to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 full-time, this seems part of that fit as JR Motorsports has a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, using their chassis and motors.

In two previous Nationwide Series starts at Kentucky, Kahne finished 11th in 2003 and 17th in 2004.

In three previous Nationwide Series starts at New Hampshire, Kahne has two top-10s, including a fourth in 2003.

Kahne has made 169 Nationwide Series starts in total, which has resulted in seven wins, 29 top-fives and 59 top-10s. Five of those 169 starts have come this year, with a best finish of second at Bristol. 

Kahne currently drives the No. 4 for Red Bull Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, where he sits 19th in points with two top-fives and five top-10s in 16 races.

Meanwhile, Danica Patrick will return to the seat of the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet this weekend in the Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway for JR Motorsports.