Kahne Visits Tampa Bay Buccaneers training facility and plays catch with Freeman.

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, visited the Tampa-St. Petersburg area on Tuesday. Kahne, an avid NFL fan, visited the training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kahne viewed mini-camp practice and then caught a few passes from quarterback and fellow No. 5 Josh Freeman. Kahne participated in a jersey exchange with Freeman and gave the Bucs’ quarterback one of his firesuits from the 2012 season.

“It’s something different. I’ve never been to a (NFL) practice before,” Kahne said. “I’ve been to plenty of football games over the years but never anything like this.”

Following practice, DIS President Joie Chitwood III presented head coach Greg Schiano with a Buccaneers-themed race helmet autographed by all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.

“I always like racing at Daytona,” Kahne said. “I think the way the Talladega race went, I thought it was pretty entertaining and exciting. You could move around and pass. If Daytona is like that when we go back, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be an awesome racing.”

Stewart fishes Lake Lloyd with Pro Angler Jimmy Houston.

Four-time Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champion Tony Stewart fished the waters of 29-acre Lake Lloyd, which is located in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, on Wednesday afternoon.

Stewart enjoyed one of his favorite activities with professional angler Jimmy Houston and the area media. The driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet previewed his attempt to win a fifth Coke Zero 400, which would tie him alongside NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson for most wins in the mid-summer classic.

Earlier this year, Stewart tied Dale Earnhardt Sr. atop the February Nationwide Series race with seven victories.
“It was pretty cool to tie Dale Sr.’s record in the Nationwide Series here in February,” Stewart said. “To have the ability to come here in the same year to tie David Pearson’s record would be pretty cool. This is a place where we’ve had a lot of success at, especially in July. It’s been a good event for us. Whether it’s been the IROC Series here, Nationwide, the Cup Series, we’ve won a lot of races so it’s a place we definitely look forward to.”

Following fishing, Stewart gave members of the media hot laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 4-6. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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