MATT KENSETH VISITS COAST GUARD BASE MIAMI BEACH

Kenseth Visits USCG

Matt Kenseth took command of the bridge aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback during his visit to South Florida (photo courtesy: Mike Dill, Homestead-Miami Speedway)

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On Tuesday, Homestead-Miami Speedway and the United States Coast Guard Seventh District Regional MWR Office located in Base Miami Beach welcomed Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifier Matt Kenseth to South Florida for a series of activities. 

The 2012 Daytona 500 winner and 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion spent the day on the base – the busiest and most active in the U.S. Coast Guard.

“It is nice to have people who want to give back to the military like Matt is doing along with NASCAR and Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Anthony Kaminski of the U.S. Coast Guard. "We enjoy it because they can see how we live and what we do every day.”

Activities Tuesday included:  Kenseth having lunch with the crew; participating in a question-and-answer session with Coast Guard personnel; going out to sea aboard the USCGC Diamondback where he drove the boat, led a man overboard simulation, participated in maneuvers, went out in the “Small Boat,” which he also drove, before being part of an at-sea transfer to a Fast Boat.

“The day was great. It was neat to learn more about the Coast Guard," said Kenseth. "I really enjoyed getting to see the machines, and getting to know the people behind the boats and equipment.”

The driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford sits eighth in points as the Chase gets underway at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.  Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, has one win in 2012 to go along with 15 top-10 finishes in 25 races this year.

The appearance was part of NASCAR’s Chase Across America, previewing the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s equivalent of the playoffs, which culminates with the season-ending championship race – the Ford EcoBoost 400 – on November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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