After a bit of negotiating, Kasey Kahne will join the Red Bull Racing team in 2011. He will spend one season there before moving to Hendrick Motorsports.
"This opportunity places me with an established, competitive team that has proven they can win races and make the Chase," Kahne told reporters on Tuesday. "The opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing Team in 2011 is a great fit for me, both personally and professionally.
"It feels good to be able to finally put this to rest and focus my energy on finishing the season strong for the 9 team and our sponsors."
Kahne is scheduled to replace Mark Martin in the No. 5 Chevrolet at Hendrick in 2012. Team owner Rick Hendrick had to scramble to find a team willing to take Kahne on a short-term deal.
"The process went on longer than any of us anticipated, but I'm glad that we took our time to make sure it was right," Hendrick said. "And although I'm not looking forward to racing against him next year, I'm comfortable knowing this is the best situation for Kasey."
Name-calling, Part I: It's no surprise Juan Pablo Montoya won at the Watkins Glen road course. It was Montoya's second career Sprint Cup victory. The other one came at Sonoma in 2007, NASCAR's other Sprint Cup road course.
But it wasn't all smiles and attaboys for a guy who dominated, leading 74 of 90 laps. A Web site dedicated to NASCAR news called Montoya "the boorish Colombian with his amazing sense of self-entitlement."
Name-calling, Part II: Tony Stewart, our favorite Burger King employee, has called somebody an idiot. No way! The latest person to feel the heat from Tumultuous Tony is Boris Said, after the two got their cars tangled at Watkins Glen last weekend.
"That idiot tried to run us straight off the racetrack," Stewart yelled over his radio.
In fairness, Stewart later had this to say: "Boris is one of the best guys out there, but for some reason, we're like magnets to each other out here. I'd rather it be somebody else that I was getting into it (with) instead of him, because I like him and I like racing with him. He's an awesome racer."
Vickers' week to remember: All the best to Brian Vickers, who is out for the season with blood clots in his lungs and left leg. This will be a particularly tough week for him, now that the Chase moves to Michigan. Vickers had won three poles in a row at Michigan International Speedway and finally got his win in the 2009 Carfax 400.
— George Diaz