MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin native and 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth has added one more race to an already busy 2013 schedule by entering the ARCA Midwest Tour Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 on July 9 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Kenseth will take a break from his regular duties as driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and travel back to his home state to compete against the best late model racers the Midwest has to offer at The Milwaukee Mile.
“It’s always fun to get back to grass roots racing in Wisconsin,” said the two-time Daytona 500 champion. “I get to see a lot of old friends and race with some guys that I don’t often get to race against.”
“The Mile is legendary, not just in Wisconsin but throughout the country, so it’s fun to have the chance to come here and compete. I’m exited to still have a chance to race at The Mile. There should be another great field for this race and being able to race against Ross certainly adds to that excitement.”
Kenseth, who posted a sixth-place finish in last year’s inaugural event, will be joined by his 19-year old son, Ross Kenseth, who’s coming off a very successful 2012 in super late models. Both father and son will challenge a deep field of the country’s best racers led by the ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Stars of the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment & Lester Buildings.
In 2010 Ross Kenseth competed full time with the ARCA Midwest Tour, earning Rookie of the Year honors. The younger Kenseth, now a sophomore at Clemson University, enjoyed a successful 2012 season down south with five late model victories including back-to-back wins at the All-American 400 in Nashville, Tenn. and Winchester (Ind.) 400.
He’ll bring his No. 25 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Toyota to compete in front of his Midwest fan base. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is a Janesville, Wis.-based general retail company that has supported Ross’ career for the last five years and is an official dealer for ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment.
The 2009 and 2012 Daytona 500 Champion will be present at The Milwaukee Mile on July 9 to practice, qualify, and race his No. 20 Toyota late model. Matt Kenseth has previously competed at The Milwaukee Mile in both late models and in the NASCAR Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series.
“Matt and Ross are a very integral piece of the puzzle when working to make the Milwaukee race successful,” commented ARCAMT Vice President Steve Einhaus. “Their fan base is so large, and they always come to win. I really enjoy working with both of them and they are very good to the tour when we ask them to race with us. Matt is one of the best in the industry when it comes to giving back to the short track fans in the Midwest and we couldn’t be any happier to have him joining us again at Milwaukee.”
This event is in honor of the memory of Howie Lettow, a man who touched the lives and careers of many racers across the United States. He is perhaps best remembered for his time spent as a crew chief in the ASA National Series and later the ASA Late Model Tour.