Ben Kennedy (racing driver)

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Ben Kennedy
Born (1991-12-26) December 26, 1991 (age 22)
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
21 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 31 (Turner Scott Motorsports)
2013 position 33rd
Best champ.
finish
33rd (2013)
First race 2013 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last race 2014 UNOH 175 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 7 0
Statistics current as of September 20, 2014.

Ben Kennedy (born December 26, 1991 in Daytona Beach, Florida) is an American stock car racing driver. The great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr., he competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Turner Scott Motorsports, driving the No. 31 Chevrolet.

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy is the son of Lesa France Kennedy, grandson of Bill France, Jr. and great-grandson of Bill France, Sr., the founder of NASCAR. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in sports management.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Kennedy's 2013 K&N East car

Kennedy began his racing career on the short tracks of central Florida, winning championships in Super Late Models at Orlando Speedworld, and in Pro Truck racing at Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway.[2] He made his touring series debut in the K&N Pro Series East in 2010, and began racing the series full-time in 2011.[2]

In 2012, in addition to running the full K&N Pro Series East schedule, Kennedy competed in the first Euro Racecar Series event competed under NASCAR sanctioning, winning the event at Tours Speedway, the first NASCAR race held on an oval in Europe.[3]

After finishing ninth in series points in 2012,[2] Kennedy was named by Fox Sports as one of NASCAR's "drivers 25 and under to watch" in January 2013.[4] In April 2013, Kennedy won his first career race in the K&N Pro Series East, in the series' first race held at Five Flags Speedway in Kennedy's native Florida.[5] Kennedy also announced that he would be driving a truck prepared by Turner Scott Motorsports in three Camping World Truck Series races in the 2013 season,[1] running in events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway;[6] he ran a total of five races, posting a best finish of fourth at Martinsville Speedway.[7]

In December 2013, it was announced that Kennedy would drive the No. 31 truck full-time in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season for Turner Scott Motorsports, competing for Rookie of the Year.[7]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice speeds. * – Most laps led.)

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spencer, Lee (April 16, 2013). "Kennedy has bright future in racing". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "NASCAR Home Tracks: Ben Kennedy". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group LLC. February 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  3. ^ Christley, Jason (July 7, 2012). "Kennedy Makes History At Tours". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Drivers 25 and under to watch: Ben Kennedy". Fox Sports. January 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Ben Kennedy wins in Pensacola". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  6. ^ Kelly, Godwin (April 15, 2013). "Kennedy enjoys first win; ready for truck debut". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Ben Kennedy to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports". Yahoo! Sports. December 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 

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