MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Australian driver James McFadden will fill in for Kasey Kahne in the Wicked Energy Gum No. 9 car for the next several races.

McFadden will debut in the No. 9 machine during the upcoming World of Outlaws Patriot Nationals weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 24-25.

Kahne, who is recovering from an injury sustained in a crash at Williams Grove Speedway earlier this season, will continue to be hands-on with the car and travel with the team.

“I have had an awesome opportunity pop up due to an unfortunate situation,” McFadden wrote on social media late Wednesday. “However, I’m excited to jump in the (No.) 9 and give it a crack. I can’t wait to rip it. Thank you to Kasey and the KKR team.”

An exact return date for Kahne to climb back behind the wheel will be announced at a later date.