Kenny Francis will be crew chief

Updated: July 27, 2011, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne will take his longtime crew chief with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season.

Team owner Rick Hendrick announced Wednesday that Kenny Francis will crew chief the No. 5 Chevrolet that Kahne is slated to drive starting with the 2012 season. Kahne and Francis have been together since the final race of 2005.

"Our people have a lot of respect for Kenny and what he's accomplished," Hendrick said. "We know the chemistry is already there with Kasey, and there's ...

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