LFR Owner said crew chief change for Kahne was necessary

Appearing on SiriusXM Nascar’s “The Late Shift,” Leavine Family Racing owner Rob Leavine talked about the teams recent decision to fire Travis Mack after just 15 races with driver Kasey Kahne.

Lead engineer Jon Leonard replaced Mack.

“It wasn’t just off-the-cuff, it was well thought out,” Leavine said. “Kasey, I kept him in the loop continually because it was about, when I hired him last year, it was about giving him the best car we could. I just didn’t feel to a point we were doing that. And you just can’t keep doing the same thing if you expect a different result.

“As you well know when you sign up for these jobs what’s expected. You don’t get any participation trophies. Results rule. It’s long hours and a lot of time away from home and those type of things. So we just had to make a change. Obviously it wasn’t changing the driver. Our driver’s been doing a great job.”

Kahne and the No. 95 team sits 28th in the driver points, a year after being 27th with Michael McDowell.

The best finish for the team has been 17th which took place at Texas, Talladega and Dover.

“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity,” Leonard said in a team release this week. “I’ve had a little experience at it before, so I can appreciate and understand what is expected and needed. A lot of my role will stay the same – set-up preparation, history analysis, and practice decisions from an engineering standpoint.”