Leavine Family Racing considering a 2nd team; has talked to Kahne & Busch

ORIGINAL 8-28-2017 hearing Kasey Kahne could be heading #95 LFR w/alliance from Hendrick Motorsports. Current #95 driver, Michael McDowell could move to Front Row Motorsports in the #34 or their third team, since FRM holds three Charters #34, #38 and one that is being leased (Jayski)

UPDATES 9-16-2017:

Kasey Kahne is not a candidate to replace Danica Patrick next season and, as he prepares to start NASCAR's playoffs, he's considering a future outside the series.

As he heads into Sunday's opening race of the 10-race playoffs, he's also trying to put together a plan for 2018. Kahne is apparently close to signing a deal with Leavine Family Racing to drive the #95 next season.

But, should it fall through, he's given thought to other routes.

"It was just like three or four days ago I had this great plan to like do sprint cars and see if I could do an IndyCar race or two and do a couple of NASCAR races, like the (Daytona) 500 and Brickyard, things like that," Kahne said Wednesday. "I thought that would be quite a dream and pretty awesome to do."

--- Associated Press ---

Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said his team has talked to drivers, including Kasey Kahne, about driving the #95 NASCAR Cup car next year.

Current driver Michael McDowell is 25th in the standings but Kahne would give the team a chance to find sponsorship for a 2016 playoff driver, Leavine said.

Leavine: "Michael has done absolutely nothing to remove himself out of the car. He's a close personal friend and he's done a phenomenal job for us this year. But things potentially could happen and change. ... No decision has been made."

--- ESPN ---

Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said Friday his organization is "50-50" on whether it will expand to a two-car team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season.

And even if the organization remains a one-car operation, Leavine said no decision has been made as yet as to the team's driver.

Leavine said "everything they do" boils down to sponsorship and at the end of last season LFR unexpectedly lost two sponsors.

Leavine said has spoken with several drivers regarding next season, including Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and [current driver Michael] McDowell.

Leavine said he had a long conversation with Busch but didn't think LFR would be a good fit for the former Cup series champion.

--- Motorsport ---