Matt Kenseth, wife Katie debut “Race Against Bullying” children’s book

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Former Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth and wife Katie have launched the first in a planned four-title series of educational children’s books that aim to help kids be more self-confident and make good choices.

“Matt Kenseth’s Race Against Bullying” – written by Gina Gold, illustrated by Adam Devaney, and published by Bendon – is now available for purchase exclusively at Dollar General stores across the country and at DG’s official website.

DG serves as one of Matt Kenseth’s primary sponsors on his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

In this first title, a nine-year-old Matt finds trouble with a bully at school. But with help from his parents and his friends, he discovers that there are many ways to successfully deal with bullies.

“As a parent of three small children, it’s natural to worry about the issues they will face while growing up,” Matt said in a statement. “Both Katie and I believe that openly talking about these issues is the best way to prepare them.

“This book is designed to help families discuss the effects of bullying with their kids. We believe it’s important our kids not only know how to deal with a bully, but also understand that it’s not OK to act like one.”

As part of the launch, one of Kenseth’s personal sponsors, Citizen Watch Company, has made a $25,000 donation on his behalf to DG’s Literacy Foundation. Kenseth serves as an ambassador for that foundation.

“With statistics showing bullying and harassment becoming an even bigger social problem, a book like this is just what is needed to help start the conversation earlier between parents and children,” Citizen president Jeffrey Cohen said in the same release.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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