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Mark Wright, vice president of media, sports and entertainment marketing for Anheuser-Busch, Inc., said Budweiser is currently focused only on the current season with Kahne.
"There have been no discussions relative to our sponsorship as of yet. We look forward to having those at the appropriate time," Wright said.
Kahne has been unhappy with his overall team performance the last year or so, and has been uncharacteristically vocal with his criticism.
Although he has 11 career wins and two berths in the Chase for the Cup championship, Kahne has not felt he's had the equipment to contend for a championship. He was openly critical most of last season, when he overcame a hectic merger between Gillett-Evernham Racing and RPM and severe financial issues inside the organization to win two races and finish 10th in the Chase.
Still, a person familiar with Kahne's negotiations told AP he had decided before the season-opening Daytona 500 he would not return to RPM next season. His initial plan was to move to Joe Gibbs Racing, but those plans were contingent on sponsorship that had to be locked in by April 1.
When no deal materialized, Kahne began negotiating with Hendrick in earnest. So convinced he wants to be with NASCAR's top organization, he's willing to be patient through 2011.
He's off to a slow start this year, in large part to bad luck, and has just two top-10 finishes through seven races. He's 26th in the standings.
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