Kenseth beats out Packers stars for award

April 25, 2014, Staff report,

Kenseth named "Professional Athlete of the Year" at Wisconsin Sports Awards

Matt Kenseth won big at Thursday night's third annual Wisconsin Sports Awards, taking home the event's primary award and being named Wisconsin's "Professional Athlete of the Year."

Kenseth, a native of Cambridge, Wis., won the award over Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Jordy Nelson and MMA fighter Anthony Pettis.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver received the award after placing second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings last year to six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and notching a series-high seven race victories. Kenseth is in Richmond, Va., for this weekend's race activities, but pre-recorded a video message to accept his award, with his typical tongue-in-cheek humor well-displayed. ...

"If you look at the nominees, it's obvious that the most athletic person won this award," Kenseth said, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.