Ben Kennedy (racing driver)

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Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy Road America 2017.jpg
Kennedy at Road America in 2017
Born (1991-12-26) December 26, 1991 (age 28)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Awards2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
17 races run over 2 years
2017 position23rd
Best finish23rd (2017)
First race2016 American Ethanol E15 250 (Iowa)
Last race2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
72 races run over 4 years
2016 position7th
Best finish7th (2016)
First race2013 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last race2016 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
First win2016 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 24 1
Statistics current as of November 18, 2017.

Ben Kennedy (born December 26, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing team owner and former driver. He currently serves as NASCAR's Vice President of Racing Development.

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.[1] He made his touring series debut in the K&N Pro Series East in 2010, and began racing the series full-time in 2011.[1]

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.[2]

Kennedy at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015

After finishing ninth in series points in 2012,[1] Kennedy was named by Fox Sports as one of NASCAR's "drivers 25 and under to watch" in January 2013.[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] 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 Chevrolet Silverado full-time in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season for Turner Scott Motorsports, competing for Rookie of the Year.[7] He got 8 top tens and won ROTY honors. The team closed at the end of the season.

In December 2014, it was announced that Kennedy would move to Red Horse Racing, driving the No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra.

On July 9, 2015, with seven laps to go in Kentucky, Kennedy was clipped by David Gilliland into the fence where his back of his truck received hard damage, causing the race to be red-flagged and eventually ended prematurely with five laps left, though he was uninjured.[8]

On February 14, 2016, he announced his return to Red Horse Racing with new sponsor JACOB Companies. However, on April 15, RHR announced Kennedy had parted ways with the team.[9] Ten days later, Kennedy joined GMS Racing to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado.[10] On August 17, 2016, after a falter by both Daniel Suárez and William Byron, he won the August Bristol race after a duel with Brett Moffitt.[11] By virtue of that win, he qualified for the inaugural Truck Series Chase. Kennedy advanced to the Round of 6 from the Round of 8 but was eliminated following the Lucas Oil 150.[12] He finished seventh in points.[13]

Also during the 2016 season, Kennedy started his first career Xfinity Series race, driving the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway. He started sixth and finished tenth.

Kennedy at Road America in 2017

On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Kennedy would drive nine races for Richard Childress Racing in the Xfinity Series, splitting time in the No. 2 entry with Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.[14][15] Kennedy received at least one offer to drive in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in that offseason from an undisclosed team, as well as other offers, but took the part-time ride and advice that comes with being around an established Cup organization.[16] He later expanded his schedule with a twelve-race agreement to drive the No. 96 car for GMS Racing.[17][18]

Ben Kennedy Racing[edit]

Ben Kennedy fielded a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West team. The team started fielding the No. 96 Chevrolet part-time for Ben Kennedy in the K&N East in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, the team became full-time in the East and part-time in the K&N West, and in the West the car was a Toyota. In 2013, the team only fielded the K&N East full-time and made two races in Camping World Truck Series with a 15th best team's finish at Iowa. In 2014, with Ben Kennedy moving to compete full-time in Camping World Truck series for Turner Scott Motorsports, Kenzie Ruston raced full-time in the No. 96 in the K&N East. In 2015, the team moved to Toyota and renumbered the car to No. 3 to Kaz Grala in both K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West. Ben Kennedy also made one start in K&N West in the old No. 96. In 2016, Grala returned to a part-time schedule in the K&N East. In 2017, the No. 96 returned for Spencer Davis and a second car appeared in the form of the No. 20 for Anthony Sergi. As of 2020 the team currently fields the No. 43 for Daniel Dye.

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy is the son of Lesa France Kennedy[19] and Dr. Bruce 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.[5] In 2017, Kennedy participated in an episode of American Ninja Warrior which was filmed at Daytona International Speedway.[16]

On January 30, 2018, Kennedy was named General Manager of the Camping World Truck Series.[20] After two years in the position, he became NASCAR's Vice President of Racing Development.[21]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2016 Richard Childress Racing 2 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW
10
DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 106th 01 [22]
2017 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
4
IOW
20
DAY
16
NHA
6
IOW
23
GLN MOH
26
ROA
18
KEN
11
DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
18
23rd 326 [23]
GMS Racing 96 Chevy CLT
25
DOV
18
POC MCH
36
KEN
32
IND
18
BRI
19
DAR
12
RCH CHI

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2013 Ben Kennedy Racing 96 Chevy DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI
20
MSP IOW
15
33rd 135 [24]
Turner Scott Motorsports 30 Chevy CHI
16
LVS TAL MAR
4
TEX PHO HOM
30
2014 31 DAY
15*
MAR
3
KAN
20
CLT
8
DOV
7
TEX
14
GTW
14
KEN
10
IOW
6
ELD
13
POC
13
MCH
19
BRI
21
MSP
16
CHI
7
NHA
13
LVS
7
TAL
28
MAR
16
TEX
15
PHO
11
HOM
17
9th 679 [25]
2015 Red Horse Racing 11 Toyota DAY
28
ATL
3
MAR
19
KAN
26
CLT
16
DOV
6
TEX
10
GTW
7
IOW
13
KEN
16
ELD
12
POC
11
MCH
25
BRI
15
MSP
3
CHI
12
NHA
23
LVS
3
TAL
25
MAR
14
TEX
9
PHO
24
HOM
4
9th 690 [26]
2016 DAY
23
ATL
15
MAR
11
7th 2162 [27]
GMS Racing 33 Chevy KAN
9
CLT
14
TEX
4
IOW
7
GTW
9
KEN
22
ELD
11
POC
7
BRI
1
MCH
11
MSP
8
CHI
26
NHA
11
LVS
4
TAL
5
MAR
18
TEX
13
PHO
9
HOM
14
24 DOV
13

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2010 Ben Kennedy Racing 96 Chevy GRE SBO IOW MAR NHA LRP LEE GRE
24
NHA DOV 60th 91 [28]
2011 GRE
11
SBO
14
RCH
27
IOW
15
BGS
3
GRE
11
LGY
18
NHA
32
COL
19
GRE
22
NHA
16
DOV
12
13th 1367 [29]
2012 BRI
6
GRE
9
RCH
6
IOW
22
BGS
8
GRE
5
LGY
21
CNB
3
COL
7
IOW
19
NHA
25
DOV
4
GRE
16
CAR
9
9th 456 [30]
2013 BRI
10
GRE
17
PEN
1*
RCH
14
BGS
1
IOW
9
LGY
7
COL
9
IOW
11
VIR
4
GRE
10
NHA
26
DOV
12
RAL
6
4th 488 [31]
2017 Kevin Manion Motorsports 1 Toyota NSM GRE BRI SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA IOW
7
GLN LGY NJM DOV 45th 38 [32]

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2011 Ben Kennedy Racing 96 Chevy PHO AAS MMP IOW LVS SON IRW EVG PIR CNS
8
PHO
15
34th 402 [33]
Toyota MRP
8
SRP AAS
2012 PHO
11
LHC MMP S99 IOW BIR LVS SON EVG CNS
9
IOW PIR SMP AAS PHO
10
27th 102 [34]
2015 Ben Kennedy Racing 96 Toyota KCR IRW TUS IOW SHA SON SLS IOW EVG CNS MER AAS PHO
25
69th 19 [35]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Drivers 25 and under to watch: Ben Kennedy". Fox Sports. January 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  4. ^ "Ben Kennedy wins in Pensacola". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
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  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.
  8. ^ Bromberg, Nick (July 9, 2015). "Ben Kennedy's truck gets into catchfence at Kentucky (Video)". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  9. ^ White, Tucker (April 17, 2016). "Ben Kennedy parts company with Red Horse Racing". SpeedwayMedia.com. Bristol, Tennessee: USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Chevrolet driver Ben Kennedy gets his first career NASCAR trucks victory". Autoweek. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  12. ^ "Kennedy Eliminated in Round of 6 After Two-Team Effort in 2016 – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  13. ^ "2016 Camping World Truck Series Standings | Driver Points". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
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  19. ^ "Ben Kennedy: There Are Different Things I Wish I Spent More Time Doing". Frontstretch. 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
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