Kahne is a 2-time Skagit Speedway winner of the Annual Jim Raper memorial Dirt Cup (20) and currently holds the fastest lap record there.
Kahne has scored 17 career wins in the Cup Series, including three Coca-Cola 600s in 2006, 20.
Since Kahne was still under contract with Ford, the manufacturer filed a lawsuit against him to try to prevent the move.
Ford eventually got money from Kahne, allowing him to go to Dodge.
In 2004, Kahne surprised many by nearly winning several races (including five 2nd-place finishes and 13 top 5's), winning 4 poles and captured the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.