Truex won a career-best eight races previous year and his first Cup title. Sharing the news on Twitter on Thursday, he said he's thought about this for a long time and "couldn't commit" to more years racing in the Cup Series. He spent 12 full-time seasons in the Cup Series driving for Wood Brothers Racing, Robert Yates Racing, Evernham Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports.
Citing the toll the "grueling schedule" has taken, Kahne said he plans to spend more time with his son, Tanner, and with his sprint vehicle teams. He's won four races going into Bristol.
Elliott, an Emporia native, is 43 and now drives for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Kahne, from Enumclaw, Washington, made it to NASCAR via sprint auto racing and his Kasey Kahne Racing team competes in the World of Outlaws series. "I appreciate everything LFR has done for me this season and offering to race in 2019". "Really the past couple of seasons, we've been at a tipping point at some point in time, and we've been just been able to focus on doing our jobs".
Kahne says he's "at ease" with his decision because when it comes down to it - "The highs didn't outweigh the lows and the grueling schedule takes a toll on your quality of life". "We still have some work to do this year in the the #95 and I look forward to finishing the season with the team". I think in another week or two I'll have a better answer for you.
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Truex is third in the point standings as the end of the regular season approaches.
He has 748 total starts across NASCAR's three national series, including 527 in the Cup Series.
Of Sadler's six top fives at Richmond in the NXS, he came closest to taking the checkered flag with a runner-up finish in the Funai 250 on May 13, 2005.
Here's how some in the racing world reacted to the news Thursday.