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Matt and Katie Kenseth welcome daughter Clara Mae into the family

Mar 26, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

Matt Kenseth likely celebrated in similar fashion as his win last fall at Loudon with the birth of his and wife Katie's third child Tuesday, Clara Mae. AP

Matt Kenseth jokingly said almost two weeks ago that he had asked wife Katie to hold off on giving birth to their third child until the Monday after this weekend’s upcoming race Martinsville.

Clara Mae Kenseth had other ideas.

The Kenseths welcomed their third daughter into the world Tuesday night, five days before Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway – and almost a whole week ahead of when Matt hoped the blessed event would happen.

Clara Mae was born at 7:39 pm ET and weighed eight pounds and five ounces, according to a news release sent out Wednesday morning by Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Both mother and daughter are doing well,” the news release said.

Matt, who has had several drivers standing by for him the last three races in the event he had to hightail it back to North Carolina, is taking a few days off to be with his wife and the family’s newest addition, but will be back at Martinsville likely on Friday.

Clara Mae joins the couple’s other daughters, Kaylin and Grace, along with Matt’s son Ross.

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