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Kasey Kahne to Finish Season with Red Bull

In this June 5, 2010, file photo, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, left, talks with driver Kasey Kahne during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 auto race in Long Pond, Pa.
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Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing.

The team said Thursday Kahne will drive the No. 83 Toyota for the final five races of the year. The move was made possible when Richard Petty Motorsports released Kahne late Wednesday night.

Kahne is moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, but has signed to drive with Red Bull for one season.

Red Bull general manager Jay Frye says their was a sense of urgency to get Kahne with the team as soon as possible because his tenure will be so short.

According to CBSSports.com's Pete Pistone, the story reveals some bigger issues and the potential for disaster at Richard Petty Motorsports. Kahne's unhappiness with the organization, which came to a head after last Saturday night's race in Charlotte when he left the track after crashing with Sam Hornish Jr. but not before voicing his frustration about what he believed to be inferior equipment and the lack of leadership within the team, was something made known months prior.

When Kahne signed an unprecedented agreement to join Hendrick Motorsports two years down the road in 2012, he vowed to give his total effort to RPM and the No. 9 ride before exiting, Pistone adds. And indeed there were times when Kahne and the team looked to be on the same page with results to prove it, most recently a fourth place finish in Fontana two weeks ago.

However more often than not Kahne was saddled with equipment issues including a series of brake failures that finally seemed to add up to last Saturday's explosion.

All along Kahne has insinuated his team may not have had the resources originally promised. It seems he may be right on target with that assessment.