Kahne gets Great Clips through 2018

A good ride wasted on Kasey Kahne who has done nothing at Hendrick
A good ride wasted on Kasey Kahne who has done nothing at Hendrick

Hendrick Motorsports has locked down the driver and sponsor of its No. 5 car with an extension of Great Clips for driver Kasey Kahne.

The two-year agreement covers the 2017 and 2018 seasons and gives Kahne 10 races of sponsorship each year. Great Clips, which has been with Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, also will be a major associate sponsor of the No. 5 team each year.

"Kasey has been a member of the Great Clips family for over 13 years and is a great ambassador of our brand," said Terri Miller, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Great Clips.

Kahne has been with Hendrick since 2012 and has five wins and three berths in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He has not made the Chase the last two years, and is currently 17th in the standings. There had been speculation that Hendrick would replace him in the No. 5, but his contract and sponsorship keeps him with the organization at least through 2018.

"Great Clips has believed in me throughout my career," Kahne said. "They're a big part of the No. 5 team, and we feel like members of their team, too." Jenna Fryer/AP Story

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