He's probably still like that a little bit, but he seems more outgoing now."That's part of his maturation. He's still learning that."Kasey said he won't push his own son to be a racer.
He also has more camaraderie with the team guys now. He's definitely matured a lot socially, getting to know new people and letting them into his circle sooner."Age will do that to a man."I feel more open to not being perfect," Kahne said. Age has given me a different perception on life."I'm really happy right now. The only things that still get me mad are racing-related."Winning still matters as much as it ever did. Rodden said Kahne is still too hard on himself."Oh, way too hard," Rodden said with a laugh. But if son dreams to race like father, then father will do everything he can to help.
In October, NASCAR star Kasey Kahne will achieve a lifelong dream: fatherhood.
Kahne's girlfriend, Sam Sheets, is due to deliver a baby boy on Oct. Absolutely," Kahne said via speakerphone while dragging a sprint car-loaded trailer up the interstate toward Indianapolis. The definition of "rest."Kahne said impending parenthood is the latest notable moment in a noticeable mid-30s maturation process. Winning -- and determining how to win -- almost always occupies his thoughts.
In his first three seasons at Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne logged five wins and four poles, including a single victory and no poles in 2014.
But in November, the pressure was relieved somewhat when Kahne signed a three-year contract extension to drive the No.
The idea was to grow up and grow old together."It speaks volumes about where his heart is and his thought process about life," Kelly Kahne said.
"He really understands and appreciates what family means.
Kahne's brother, Kale, has a 7-month-old daughter."He's a really great uncle, really into the kids," Adams said.
It definitely took some pressure off of me."Hendrick is just the best place.
The way they treat you, the way you work together to find speed and the teammates I have, how it all flows.
It's perfect for me right now."In an attempt to improve Kahne's performance, Hendrick replaced Kahne's crew chief of the past 10 seasons, Kenny Francis, with Rodden.
The decision was difficult for Kahne, given the friendship and success he and Francis achieved.