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Kenseth to Sign Autographs and Demo Mario Kart 8 at Joe Gibbs Racing

DATE: Friday, May 23, 2014
TIME: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, GameStop and Nintendo are hosting a FREE fan event on Friday, May 23 at Joe Gibbs Racing. GameStop driver Matt Kenseth will be signing autographs, and fans will get the ultimate Nintendo gaming experience by getting the opportunity to demo the new Mario Kart 8 game exclusively for Wii U prior to its launch on May 30. In addition, six lucky winners will get the chance to play Mario Kart 8 against Matt.

Autograph session details: Fans can begin lining up for autographs at 8 a.m. on May 23 (no earlier) and 200 wristbands will be handed out to the first 200 fans in line starting at 8:30 a.m. Each fan with a wristband will be given ONE Mario Kart 8 poster to be signed by Matt and can have ONE additional item autographed if they choose to bring something. Parking for the event will be along Reese Blvd., Julian Clark Blvd., and Lindley Dr.

Drawing details: Fans can enter the drawing beginning at 8 a.m. on May 23 by filling out a ballot. The drawing winners will be randomly selected and announced at 11 a.m. The winners will be chosen to play Mario Kart 8 against Matt and must be present at 11 a.m. when the winners are announced in order to claim their prize.

Sam Hornish Jr. Wins at Iowa!

The matte black Monster Energy Camry and Sam Hornish Jr. were together again in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series program, this time with a checkered flag as the result. Last race, Hornish Jr. debuted with the 2013 season 12-time winners and produced a fifth-place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. This week, his second of seven scheduled primary events, he and crew chief Adam Stevens bridged the learning-curve to produce a dominating performance on the .875-mile Iowa Speedway in Newton. The JGR Toyota Camry led the field four times for a race-high 167 of 250 event laps before taking home the win.
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Race Report: The All-Star Race

Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third place finish tonight in NASCAR’s annual Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile Denny Hamlin finished ninth and an early accident left Kyle Busch to finish 21st in the non-points race.

This year’s Sprint All-Star race consisted of 90 total laps around the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 90 laps were run in five segments, including four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap dash to the finish. Pit stops were optional through the first three segments. Upon conclusion of the fourth 20-lap segment the running order was adjusted based upon the average finish from the first four segments. Pit road then opened for a mandatory four-tire stop and the order of the cars returning to the track determined how they took the green flag for the fifth and final segment.

The All-Star Race also has a unique qualifying format with each team completing a three-lap circuit that also includes a four-tire pit stop. Kyle Busch put together the second best time during the evening’s qualifying session, while Matt Kenseth was eighth and Denny Hamlin slid through his pit box causing a slower time and leaving him to start the race in 22nd.
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