KAHNE OUT @ RPM. Team statement: Kasey Kahne has been released from his driving duties with Richard Petty Motorsports effective immediately. Aric Almirola will pilot the No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Driver line-up beyond Martinsville is to be determined. MartySmithESPN via UberTwitter

 

Wonder what he will be doing this weekend?

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This was actually circulating last week that Budweiser could stop payment without Kahne behind the wheel. Looks like normal business practice on Budweiser's part. RPM should hav ecleared it with Budweiser before releasing Kahne. I wouldn't be suprised if the 9 car parks it after Dega. Menards is paid up so they're good through Homestead. The 19 & 43 would probably find a way to run. Can't see RPM wanting to hurt the realtionships with Stanley & Best Buy. The 9 parking would be expected. No sponsor, short on funds, no danger of falling outside the Top 35 ..why run it.
Actually, I beleive the way the rule is written, its the top 35 in points that have attempted all the races, so miss a race and you're out. Thats why the car ran every week when Mark Martin did a partial schedule. He was certainly high enough in points, skipping martinsville, bristol, and restrictor tracks, but the car has to enter every event, unless less than 35 have done so.
Stop drinking Bud, start drinking SPEED.

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