Ross Kenseth Ready to Make the Most of Upcoming Opportunitiesby Kyle Pokrefky June 12, 2015 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — The next two weeks for third-generation driver Ross Kenseth are to be quite busy at both Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.
Kenseth will make his return to the ARCA Racing Series in today’s Corrigan Oil 200 with Ken Schrader Racing and will also race in next Saturday’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The two ARCA starts come as preparation for perhaps the biggest opportunity of Kenseth’s career yet – his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on the same Saturday at Chicagoland.
Partnering with Joe Gibbs Racing, the team that fields cars for Ross’s father, Matt Kenseth, the 22-year-old Kenseth will make his NASCAR national series debut next week in a No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in what will be a one-race deal.
One week ahead of his call up to the XFINITY Series, Kenseth says that his goal for next weekend is to simply make the most of the opportunity that he has been given.
“It’s one of [those] opportunities where you get in top-notch stuff – [those] don’t come by every week,” Kenseth said. “I’ve just got to make sure to make the most of them.”
Kenseth has two previous starts in the ARCA Racing Series with his most recent start coming in last year’s season finale at Kansas Speedway.
In today’s race, the latest driver of KSR’s No. 52 Chevrolet will face perhaps his most daunting racing challenge yet in the form of the wickedly fast two-mile Michigan.
However, when asked if he was intimidated at all by the track that is capable of producing speeds upwards of 185 miles-per-hour in an ARCA car, Kenseth stated that he has no fear entering today’s race thanks to the practice he put in on Thursday.
“Not really,” Kenseth stated. “I think in practice yesterday we got the car pretty comfortable and we had a lot of speed in it – and that helped a lot. I think getting a little bit of track time, you pick it up pretty quick once you’re out there … I’m looking forward to tonight.”
Part of that could also be attributed to his father, a two-time Michigan winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, who was on hand on Thursday to give pointers to his son.
“He was a big help,” Kenseth added. “He helped me out a lot yesterday and that made everything go a little bit more smoothly for me.
“I’m looking forward to racing tonight. I’ve learned a lot already over the last 24 hours with some practice laps here. I’m real excited about it.”
By virtue of qualifying being rained out for today’s 100-lap race and with the grid being set by practice speeds, Kenseth will start second in tonight’s race.
The Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m and will be televised on FOX Sports 2.
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