Born in Wisconsin to drive fast
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:55 PM
There must be something about being born in Wisconsin that makes us want to drive fast. Four of this weekend's NASCAR drivers at the Martinsville Speedway were born in our state. Those same four drivers drove in the Daytona 500 in February.
Matt Kenseth is from Cambridge, Paul Menard is from Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil was born in Janesville and Danica Patrick was born in Beloit.
All four Wisconsinites are accomplished drivers, and all four actually led the Daytona 500 at one point during this year's race. Patrick held the poll position for the race and held the lead for five laps while Kenseth led four different times for a total of 86 laps. Kenseth is a two-time Daytona 500 Champion.
Menard and Kenseth are both in the top 10 of the current Sprint Cup Series standings while Patrick is 26th and Kvapil is 36th. Kenseth is a past winner of the cup.
All four drivers could remain on top of the sport for a while. Kenseth, 41, is the only one over 40. Patrick, just 31, became the first woman to ever win a poll position in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race when she did it at Daytona. All four are young, fast and from Wisconsin.