Kahne ruled out of Brickyard 400

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Kahne ruled out of Brickyard 400

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Kahne ruled out of Brickyard 400

Defending Brickyard 400 winner Kasey Kahne will not compete this weekend because of what Leavine Family Racing says is lingering effects from extreme heat exhaustion.

Kahne was taken to the infield care center after the 500-mile race at Darlington Raceway last weekend to be treated for symptoms of dehydration.

LFR says Kahne consulted with “several physicians” this week, and it was recommended he not race at Indianapolis “until further testing and evaluations are completed.”

A timeline for Kahne’s return to the car is not known, but LFR says an update will be provided next week before Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Regan Smith will drive the No. 95 Chevrolet this weekend. Smith has six previous Cup Series start at Indianapolis, the last being in 2016. Of those six starts, Smith finished a career-best third in 2011. Sunday will be his first Cup Series start of the season. He has 213 career starts.

Smith most recently competed in the Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, finishing 11th.

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