CONCORD, N.C. –– Kasey Kahne has been released from his driving duties with Richard Petty Motorsports effective immediately, the team announced late Wednesday in a statement. Aric Almirola will drive the No. 9 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
The team's driver lineup beyond Martinsville is to be determined.
Kahne's release comes just days after the race at Charlotte, where Kahne had brake problems and smacked the wall, causing damage to his car that took several laps to repair.
Sucks, Even though I'm a big Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon fan, I hate to see something happen like this to Kasey.
Crazy stuff man. Crazy stuff.