CHICAGO (CBS) — Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth is in town Thursday meeting fans and talking to reporters, and he’s looking forward to attending a Bears-Packers football game next season.

But don’t look for him to be singing “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” in the stands at Soldier Field.

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The Daytona 500 this past February was most notable for a giant fireball that erupted when Juan Pablo Montoya hit a truck full of jet fuel, forcing two-hour delay. The primetime race lasted into the wee hours of the morning, but Kenseth came out on top.

“It was a crazy one, so glad to come out on top after all that. It was a long race by the time it started on Monday night and finished early Tuesday morning, so it was a long couple of weeks down there at Daytona,” he told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss.

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Kenseth will be competing at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet this fall, and he’s looking forward to attending a Bears-Packers matchup the day before.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Chicago. I’m obviously a diehard Packer fan. They play the Thursday before the first race down here, so I’m looking forward to watch the Packer-Bear matchup; before we get to the race, we can hear something,” he said. “I’m hoping the packers come out on top, obviously, growing up in Wisconsin, and always being a big Packer fan. But I was entertaining. I was fun.”

He admits that at games at Soldier Field, he has encountered some less-than-friendly Bears fans.

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“The fans are great at the racetrack. You know, whenever I go to a Bears game, the fans are great too,” Kenseth said. “But I struggle a little bit more because I’m a Packer fan, so I wear my Packer gear. So I get a little abuse going in and out of Soldier Field, but thankfully, I get more abuse on the way in than the way out. So I hope that keeps up the next time I go there.”