Budweiser remains committed to Kahne

Updated: March 19, 2009, 10:45 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne says Anheuser-Busch appears committed to him and the Sprint Cup series even though the beer company on Monday ended its sponsorship with the NHRA and Kenny Bernstein Racing.

"We have another year with Budweiser," Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge, said during a Wednesday tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "They've been great to work with. They've been my favorite sponsor I've ever had.

"I hope we do things to keep them happy and keep impressing them and keep working with them for a long time."

Dan McHugh, vice president of media, sponsorship and activation for Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement: "Budweiser remains committed to its presence in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including sponsorship of Kasey Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge, as well as the Budweiser Shootout."

The St. Louis-based division of Anheuser-Busch ended a 30-year relationship with Bernstein's NHRA team. The brewery said the relationship was the longest in motorsports history, topping STP's 28-year relationship with Richard Petty.

"I'm disappointed to see the Bernsteins without a sponsor," Kahne said.

Budweiser has been a longtime partner of NASCAR, with its most visible years under Dale Earnhardt Jr. before he left Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Hendrick Motorsports two years ago.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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