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Kenseth does San Francisco  
Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth enjoys some ice cream at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco on Wednesday during the West Coast leg of his champion's tour
Chucke Walkden
Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth learned how to crack a Dungeness crab, enjoyed world-class chocolates and was given a magnum of Sonoma Valley wine on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Kenseth (No. 17 DeWalt Ford), who won NASCAR’s Great American Race on Sunday, celebrated his historic win with a Victory Tour Through the Streets of San Francisco on-board a motorized cable car, complete with a California Highway Patrol escort.

Kenseth and his wife, Katie, enjoyed a first-class tour of San Francisco, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and visiting legendary Fisherman’s Grotto No. 9 at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Kenseth learned how to cook and crack a Dungeness crab under the guidance of co-owner Anthony Geraldi. 

The tour continued to Ghirardelli Square where the Kenseths received a large basket of gourmet chocolates and were treated to ice cream sundaes.

The cable car ride culminated at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, where Kenseth greeted race fans and the Northern California media. Giants Vice President Russ Stanley presented Kenseth with an official team jersey, complete with Kenseth’s name and car number on the back.

Kenseth was also surprised at the press conference by a visit from Tony Moll, a Sonoma native who is an offensive lineman on Kenseth’s favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers.  Raceway President Steve Page also presented Kenseth with a commemorative magnum of Sonoma Valley wine.

“This was a really fun day and I’m amazed at all of the fans out here,” said Kenseth.  “I got to see a lot of San Francisco from the front of that cable car and experience a little of everything, so it was great.”

The appearance also marked the Official Countdown to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 19-21 (Father’s Day weekend). Race day is just 124 days away.

“It was great having Matt and Katie in Northern California.  They’re really terrific people, and Matt’s a very deserving champion,” said Page.  “We really look forward to having them back in Sonoma in June.”

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