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LAist Interview: Matt Kenseth, Daytona 500 Winner

Matt Kenseth winning the 2009 Daytona 500 in the DeWalt #17 Ford.
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LAist scored an exclusive interview with Matt Kenseth, winner of the 2009 Daytona 500. The Daytona 500, also known as "the Great American Race," is the most-watched auto race in America and carries by far the richest purse ($1,536,388) of any NASCAR race of the year. While gearing up for this weekend's NASCAR doubleheader at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Kenseth slowed down long enough to chat with LAist.

Congratulations on winning the most famous NASCAR race in America.

Thank you.

How was Auto Club Speedway Day in Century City?

It was fine. We met up with some fans at the NASCAR office for Auto Club Speedway Day. We did some Q and A, a little media, and just hung out a little bit.

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What are fans like in LA?

All the race fans that show up everywhere are pretty awesome. They are pretty educated. If anything, in Los Angeles we meet a lot of new NASCAR fans trying to learn about the sport and meet some newer people coming off the track, which is pretty cool.