Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth comes to Chicago (video)

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This season’s Daytona 500 champion and Cambridge, Wisc. native, Matt Kenseth, stopped by the W Hotel Lakeshore for a fan event and Q&A hosted by Chicagoland Speedway.

Kenseth, currently second in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, will return to Chicagoland Speedway this September for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (think Stanley Cup playoffs, but NASCAR, this is the second year in a row Chicagoland has kicked it off)– the GEICO 400, September 15-16. Kenseth was last year’s pole winner at Chicagoland Speedway.

The fan event was limited to just 25 spaces and took place in the “Altitude” Lounge on the 33th floor of the hotel. It was rescheduled from February, when the crazy weather delays in Daytona postponed Kenseth’s arrival in Chicago.

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Jimmie Johnson at Kansas Speedway: NASCAR’s version of the Jayhawks

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Jimmie Johnson‘s October 2011 victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City happened at an opportune time in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but just like the University of Kansas Jayhawks college basketball team, which resides about 30 miles west of the speedway on I-70, the win wasn’t enough to pull off another championship.

But Johnson’s stats in Kansas, like the Jayhawks, are impressive, and include multiple championships, like the Jayhawks. What few may not remember was that those championships would not have happened without the help of some local businessmen. Brothers Stan and Randy Herzog, owners of a St. Joseph, Mo.-based company, were Johnson’s early team owners in his off-road racing days.

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