Kasey Kahne will sit out Dover, miss fifth straight Cup race

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Kasey Kahne will miss a fifth consecutive Cup race this weekend due to lingering issues related to dehydration, Leavine Family Racing announced Wednesday.

Regan Smith will again drive the No. 95 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Kahne’s status for the race was determined through a private test Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his physicians.

Kahne said during the Brickyard 400 race weekend that the dehydration issues played a part in his decision to retire from full-time racing after this season.

The issues have plagued Kahne for more than a year and came to a head in the final laps of the Sept. 2 Southern 500. He stopped taking fluids due to nausea.

“It was really hard to keep my eyes open and see,” Kahne said of those late laps at Darlington Raceway. “I was trying to control my heart rate because it was so high.

“At that point, all I’m doing is focusing on my body and my health and not what I should actually be focusing on and that’s racing.”

In Kahne’s place, Smith has raced at Indianapolis (finished 20th), Las Vegas (12th), Richmond (31st) and the Charlotte Roval (15th).