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Earlier this week it was announced that Farmers Insurance extended its deal with Hendrick Motorsports through 2017. Under the new deal Farmers will be the primary sponsor of the No. 5 machine for 12 races in each of the next three seasons. While the extension with Farmers is through 2017, the current contract with driver Kasey Kahne is set to expire after 2015.
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While doing press work with Team Chevy this weekend in Michigan, Kahne discussed where he stands with HMS and signing a new deal.
"I like being at HMS. It is just an unbelievable place. Getting to work with the three teammates that I get to work with each week is better than anything I’ve ever done in racing as far as guys I’ve been able to work with. I am getting information there from three of the best in racing. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. Mr. Hendrick is always trying to help me as a driver; as a person and he gives us every opportunity. So, I want to be there a long time. We still have a year-and-a-half before my deal’s up. So I think performance, and sponsors that want to be part of them, and just getting our team back where it needs to be. We’ve struggled some this year for really no reason. We can’t have that. If we can get rid of some of those struggles, I would hope that I would be at Hendrick Motorsports for a long time.I think you start talking about it (the time frame to discuss it) whenever they start talking about it. I don’t know when that date is, but I think we have a lot of really good things going on, and with a little bit of performance here and there, maybe it will come up sooner than later. I would love to be there for a long time, so we will kind of have to see how that works out."
For Kahne and the No. 5 team contract worries should be the last thing that is on their minds right now. The No. 5 team is the only team without a win right now for Team Hendrick. As a result of this, if the chase were to begin today they would be on the outside looking in. While doing his media rounds for Team Chevy at Michigan Kahne was also asked whether or not he had spoken to Kyle Busch after their incident last weekend.
"He sent me an email, then a text to ask if I got it. I told him I did, and that is how it went. I talked through every situation and scenario last year with him when we had them, and to this day, I’ve still raced him the exact same way. For him to do that, I knew it was coming as soon as he floored it in the corner. I was like ‘He can’t. He can’t. He’s going to run me right in the wall’. I think he was having a bad day, and just loses it. But as far as us talking, we haven’t. He did write me an email, but I don’t really care anymore. I don’t care to talk to him or anything."
Many fans are expecting there to be a fallout this weekend between Kahne and Busch. I do not believe this will be the case as Kahne needs strong finishes and potentially taking himself out to wreck Busch would not the what is best for him and his team right now. When the green flag drops for the Quicken Loans 400 Kahne will roll off in the 13th position.