SPARTA, KY - JULY 10: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 LiftMaster Chevrolet, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 10, 2015 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Sarah Crabill Getty Images North America

Call it just a strange coincidence. Perhaps that's all it was.

But did anyone else notice how well Kasey Kahne performed on Sunday at Kansas Speedway -- just five days after becoming a first-time dad with the birth of son Tanner?

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Kahne, who tweeted about his lack of sleep in announcing his son's birth on Twitter, finished a solid fourth -- tying his best finishes of the season, which went all the way back to May 31 at Dover and March 15 at Phoenix.

Kahne, by all accounts, has had a pretty rough year, failing to win a race or make the Chase for the first time in four seasons with Hendrick Motorsports.

Heck, maybe becoming a father was just the extra motivation he needed to finish the season on a positive note. Sunday's race at Kansas was certainly a good start.