Kasey Kahne’s hopes to do more sprint car racing again

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Kasey Kahne has tentatively penciled in his next sprint car race for 2017 or 2018.

Well, kind of.

Kahne, who made his early mark in racing in sprint cars in and around his native Washington state, temporarily stopped racing them in 2012 when his boss, Sprint Cup team owner Rick Hendrick, stopped approving Kahne’s extracurricular activities.

Hendrick’s move was understandable. He was merely protecting his investment in Kahne, who had been in a bad wreck in 2011 at Williams Grove (Pa.) Raceway, flipping end over end and off the racing surface (see video below).

Fortunately, Kahne wasn’t severely injured. But after allowing Kahne to continue for a few more sprint car races, Hendrick pulled the plug in 2012, according to a story by Bob Pockrass at SportingNews.com.

After a more than two-year layoff, Kahne was able to convince Hendrick to let him get back behind the wheel of a sprint car at the recent five-day inaugural “Winter Heat” event at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway over the past two weekends.

“It took what, two-and-a-half years, three years?” Kahne told Pockrass about finally getting Hendrick’s nod of approval to compete in the Cocopah event. “It took a while. He finally said, ‘Yes.’ I think he just realized it’s one of my passions.

“It’s something I’ve done my entire life since I started racing. It’s hard not to do something that you enjoy doing, especially during the offseason. I was really happy and fortunate he let me do it.”

Kahne eventually finished 10th overall in the event. Not bad for a guy who’d been out of a sprint car for more than two years.

He must especially eat his heart out, particularly since Kahne owns his own sprint car race team (but doesn’t drive for it).

Now, as for Kahne’s next time behind the wheel of a sprint car?

“I definitely won’t be waiting two-and-a-half years again,” said Kahne, who will be 35 in April. “I’m not sure when that next time will be. I think it’s definitely better to do it sooner than later so you can kind of keep with it and understand things.

“Me and Mr. H just talked about these five races and doing them. We did them and now I’m just focused on the Cup car. I would hope to get back in one (a sprint car) at some point within three years.”

Click here to read Bob Pockrass’ full story on Kahne and his sprint car exploits at SportingNews.com.

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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”