Ben Kennedy Comes Home with Top-10 in XFINITY Debutby Kyle Pokrefky June 19, 2016 0 comments
NEWTON, Ia. — Entering the American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, Ben Kennedy’s goal for his NASCAR XFINITY Series was a top-10 finish.
The 24-year-old’s goal was fully realized on Sunday as he brought Richard Childress Racing’s No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet home with a 10th-place finish.
Kennedy put together a solid run for himself throughout the 250-lap race, hanging around in the top-eight through a majority of the day.
At the conclusion of the event, Kennedy talked about his successful debut in NASCAR’s second-tier national series and stated that he fully enjoyed his first experience in the series.
“It was a blast, I had so much fun,” Kennedy said. “We had a pretty good Ruud Chevrolet. I said coming in that our goal was a top-10 and we achieved it – I didn’t know it’d be that hard fought. Just a little tight there at the end. I learned a ton though with these restarts and what not and kind of what to expect throughout a run.
“We could really utilize that top line, we were one of the first to find it, we made a lot of speed with it. I made a couple of errors on pit road and out there on the track and whatnot. Good learning experience and I’ll take a top-10 finish. That was fun.”
Running both in the XFINITY Series and in the Camping World Truck Series for GMS Racing at Iowa on Saturday night, Kennedy was able to use lessons learned from all of his total track time the weekend throughout his 450 total laps of racing through the weekend.
On Saturday night, Kennedy was credited with a seventh-place finish in the 200-lap Speediatrics 200.
“It definitely went hand-in-hand a little bit,” Kennedy said. “All-in-all, it was a matter of getting that seat time between the Truck and XFINITY and getting used to this track again.
“There are a lot of characteristics to this track that are unique to it and more track time helped out in both places.”
Following his top-10 run on Sunday, Kennedy hopes that his 10th-place run can hopefully line up some more opportunities in the XFINITY Series for the future.
“It definitely does, every time you get behind the wheel of a race car, you’re just itching to get back out there,” Kennedy stated. “Hopefully it leads to some more opportunities.”
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