Phoenix Racing says no plans to put Kasey Kahne in Cup car

If Kasey Kahne is driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing

in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2011, it’s news to team

owner James Finch.

Finch said on Tuesday he has not spoken with Rick Hendrick in

regards to fielding a car for Kahne.

Hendrick Motorsports announced on April 14 that Kahne would

drive the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2012.

Kahne’s plans for 2011, however, remain unresolved.

Finch, who was fishing off the coast of Panama City, said

reports of Kahne driving for Phoenix Racing came “straight

from the

Sports Illustrated story” and no one had reached him

for comment.

“I’d like to do it, but I have not been contacted by

Rick or anyone else at Hendrick Motorsports about Kasey

Kahne,” Finch said. “We are fielding a car for Jan

Magnussen this weekend at Sonoma with sponsorship from

Hendrickcars.com. But I won’t be there.”

Finch said he read a story where the scenario was a surprise to

Kahne as well. Finch says he has plans to go fishing with Hendrick

in the next few weeks, but “there’s nothing to (the

story) as of yet.”

As for the rumor of Mark Martin purchasing Phoenix Racing, Finch

said he spoke to the fellow Floridian “a couple of months ago

when Mark was trying to sell his old plane” but the two have

not talked since. FOXSports.com reported in April that Finch was

placing Phoenix Racing on the selling block.

“With this economy no one is buying anything, much less a

race team,” Finch added.