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NASCAR driver makes pit stop to take on Norm Duke

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
Published: April 7, 2010 | Bowl.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Taking a break from life in the fast lane, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth stopped by the International Bowling Campus and tried his luck on the lanes against USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke on Wednesday, April 7.

Duke was at the International Training and Research Center to compete in the PBA Experience Showdown while Kenseth was in town to promote the Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18.

Kenseth squared off against Duke, a two-time PBA Player of the Year, in a one-game match. Kenseth opened with a strike and, thanks to some helpful coaching tips and the fact Duke gave him a very generous 117 pins, Kenseth rolled to victory.

"That was really cool," Kenseth, the 2009 Daytona 500 winner, said of the experience of bowling against Duke. "It's neat to do anything in competition against other people who are professionals in what they do. It was great to see the place, some of the training that goes on and how they approach their business."

Before Kenseth took on Duke, he made a quick stop by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, where he used the interactive kiosk to see his father listed among league bowlers with a 300 game.

"That was neat," said Kenseth. "My dad and his two brothers were in there. I forgot about them hitting their 300s so that was neat."

Following the Kenseth-Duke match, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage jumped on the lanes to take on Kenseth. Gossage received coaching tips from ITRC and Team USA assistant head coach Kim Terrell-Kearney, and used that coaching to pick up a spare in the final frame to edge the NASCAR driver.

"I was just blown away by the International Training and Research Center," Gossage said. "Like everybody, I have casually bowled through the years, but I learned more in 10 frames with a Hall of Fame instructor than I would ever learn in my lifetime.

"It's just exciting to know that this is here. The Hall of Fame ... the whole place is just first class. It's really, really neat to know that another sport has its home in Dallas/Fort Worth."

To see video from the event, click here.

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