Kahne to have offseason knee surgery

Kasey Kahne will have surgery on both knees next week.

After arthroscopic surgery to remove the plicae, a fold of skin

or muscle, the 30-year-old will have two to three days of downtime

followed by six weeks of recovery.

Kahne, who is 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings,

began driving for Red Bull at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 22

after nearly seven seasons behind the wheel of the No. 9 car, now

running under the Richard Petty Motorsports banner.

Reed Sorenson is scheduled to test for Red Bull in the offseason

if Kahne is not available.

Kahne’s surgery was originally reported by AOL.

In a related note, Red Bull released a handful of crewmen this

week to prepare for the arrival of Kahne’s crew in 2011. More

could be laid off after the season finale at Homestead-Miami

Speedway this weekend.

A Red Bull source added “a few were let go for a lack of

performance” as well.

Crew chief Kenny Francis has signed on with Red Bull and is

expected to be accompanied by car chief Todd Devnich, engineer

Keith Rodden and others after the season ends.