We wanted to make sure he wasn't doing it for any other reason than because he loved it.As a dad, I didn't want him in a race car risking anything unless it's exactly what he wanted it to be."I had other race car drivers drive my cars before Kasey, and I was always concerned about their safety. It's a lot harder and a lot more gratifying -- a lot more extreme in every part of it."Kahne is the latest in a string of NASCAR first-time fathers over the past several years that includes, most recently, 2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski and 29-time Cup race winner Kyle Busch, both of whom became dads in late May."He'll be an awesome dad," said Rodden, who returned to Kahne's team as crew chief this year after a year away from the team as Jamie Mc Murray's crew chief."He loves children and he's so good with them.
"But at that age we didn't know if that's really what he wanted ..."He lights up when they're around, and they're always so excited to see him.They're constantly asking to go hang out with uncle Kasey."Kahne, by nature, is a very private man.Adams has three children, 7-year old Eli -- who two months ago began his racing career -- and 4-year-old twin daughters.Kahne's brother, Kale, has a 7-month-old daughter."He's a really great uncle, really into the kids," Adams said.But Rodden is a disciple of Francis, and one of Kahne's closest friends.