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.It's a lesson Kasey learned from his parents, Kelly and Tammy Kahne, who exposed him to other sports and interests before he committed fully to motorsports."One of the coolest things I remember with my parents, is they always wanted me to play sports," Kahne said."That was big to them, me playing baseball and basketball.Sure, there's been times when feathers were ruffled, but we all come back to what's most important, and for us that's to stay tight as a family."Kahne's sister, Shanon Adams, echoes her father's sentiments."Family has always been Kasey's priority," Adams said."To be able to have the kids grow up together and be really close cousins, and for me and Kale and Kasey to be close enough to be neighbors, and walk to each other's homes for dinner, is something we're so grateful for."Kahne loves the thought that his son will grow up alongside his family, playing with his cousins."That was my No.Adams has three children, 7-year old Eli -- who two months ago began his racing career -- and 4-year-old twin daughters.
"He was always really careful about choosing friends, and the people that were around him.
5 Chevrolet through the 2018 season."I've always raced knowing I need to perform to stay here, and when I re-did the deal with Hendrick it was a really big deal for me, personally," he said.
"I felt it meant Rick [Hendrick] really wanted me to be there, and that the team, the guys, and everything we'd worked on and we'd built around the last three years, that I'd be a part of that.
He was uneasy about how to announce that he would soon become a father.
Just because he's a NASCAR driver doesn't mean there should be added pressure, he figured. His is a performance-based job, especially considering he's employed by the most dominant force in the industry.