Kahne says he won't leave for DEI, other organization

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kasey Kahne denied on Thursday a report that he would leave Evernham Motorsports after this season and move to Dale Earnhardt Inc. or another Nextel Cup organization.

"I've had plenty of different teams calling to talk to me because
we're running bad," said Kahne, who is 26th in points a year after making the championship chase and winning a series-high six races. "I haven't talked to any other teams.

"I have never once talked to another team owner. It's just another reporter putting something out there with no facts. It's not true," he said.

Kahne has a deal at Evernham Motorsports through the 2010 season. Team owner Ray Evernham said there are no plans to let Kahne out of the contract and that his impending partnership with Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett Jr. would not provide an out.

"There are ways to purchasing," he said. "Whether it's stocks or assets makes a huge difference."

Evernham added that Kahne has given no indication he wants out of his deal.

"Right now what we're trying to do is get this thing sorted out," he said. "Kasey has been one of my biggest supporters. The way he's jumped in, you'd think he was my partner. I'm really proud of him."

David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com.