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FOX47 NEWS - Cambridge Celebrates Kenseth Win

Jeff Angileri
Feb 16, 2009, 11:08 PM


There are probably more Matt Kenseth fans per capita in Cambridge, Wisconsin than anywhere else.

The racer's come-from-behind win in the Daytona 500 injected the village with hometown pride.

Everybody was cheering and jumping up and down like we usually do, said Dawn Johnson, owner of Sports Page Bar.

All of a sudden, we started hearing horns beeping, said Kelley Maruszewski, Matt's sister. We walked outside and saw cars driving by, beeping their horns and yelling.

This village of 1,100 people is awash in number 17 -- congratulatory signs are everywhere, Kenseth flags fill the skies -- there's even a banner atop the Cambridge Fire Department tower, where some of Matt's biggest fans dedicated a fire engine to the racer.

It's the only officially licensed NASCAR fire truck in the state of Wisconsin for sure, said assistant chief Tim Scott.

But don't expect Matt Kenseth to take it for a test drive.

I think it would be pretty slow for him, Scott said. This truck doesn't even go 65 mph, so I think he'd be pretty bored.

Residents say Matt's generosity, including thousands of dollars to the fire department, has helped him gain quite a following.

In Matt's case, when they like him, they love him. The support we get is overwhelming in this community, said Maruszewski.

At his fan club headquarters, people are buying Matt memorabilia, including the man who says he sold Kenseth one of his first race cars.

When I delivered it Matt was just 13 and he was jumping up and down in the driveway. He was just so excited about it, said Bob Saucier, know as The Flying Frenchman. We're very proud of him. We had no idea he would go that far.

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