This time, the 2009 Daytona 500 champion wasn’t battling his fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars on the daunting 31-degree high banks of “The World Center of Racing.” Instead, Kenseth, the 2009 Daytona 500 champion, was rubbing fenders with members of the media behind the wheel of a kart in the infield of Turns 3 and 4.
“It was fun,” Kenseth said of the kart
Kenseth, who drives the No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, joined DIS President
In addition to
Right after landing in
Kenseth hand delivered Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series tickets as well as Sprint FANZONE passes. DIS President
Hurd, who had already purchased Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola tickets, was randomly selected by
“She’s been coming here and watching races for a long time and to be able to drop off her tickets personally and come and see them and talk to them about the race was cool,” Kenseth said. “The coolest part was that I was driving one of
"They requested the burnout. I’m hoping I don’t get a ticket in the
Kenseth will return to DIS in just about a month looking to complete a rare sweep of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at DIS.
He will look to join Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968), LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969) and
“It took me about nine or 10 years to win one plate race so I don’t know if I’m thinking we’re going to win it but I sure hope we do,” Kenseth said. “We’re going to bring our best stuff and race as hard as we can. Hopefully we will at least be in contention. We’ve been in contention for a lot of these things and it was nice to pull one off in the spring.”
Earlier this year, Kenseth put himself into exclusive company by backing up his Daytona 500 win with a victory in the next Sprint Cup Series race when he won the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Kenseth joined Richard Petty (193), Yarborough (1977) and Jeff Gordon (1997) as the fourth Daytona 500 champion to win the following race.
He hopes his strong start to the season will help propel him into another spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth straight year. Since the inception of the format, Kenseth has made the Chase every year.
Kenseth, who is also scheduled to compete in the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race, is looking forward to
Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $40 and can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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