MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Ross Kenseth, the 20-year-old son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, will attempt to make his first ARCA Racing Series start on Aug. 25, at Madison (Wis.) Int’l Speedway.
Driving the No. 52 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Chevrolet for Ken Schrader Racing, Ross Kenseth’s ARCA debut will occur just 100 miles from his hometown of Little Chute, Wis., and only 20 miles from Cambridge, Wis., the home of his famous father.
“Making my first ARCA start at Madison means a lot to me,” said Ross Kenseth. “It’s a great opportunity to get in a Ken Schrader Racing car. They always have good stuff, especially at short tracks. It’s also a big deal to make this start with Blain’s Farm & Fleet, which is based nearby in Janesville (Wis.) and has been with me each step of the way. I’m thankful to both for this opportunity and I’m excited to make my first start in a heavier-style stock car at Madison.”
“We’re excited to get Ross in the car to go to Madison,” said team owner Ken Schrader. “He’s proven that he’s ready to race ARCA and he knows how to get around that track. We’re going to go up there and try to win this thing together.”
While this will be his first start in a heavy stock car similar to the ones used in NASCAR’s top series, Ross Kenseth is no stranger to success at Madison Int’l Speedway, having won at the half-mile paved oval five times in various series during his young racing career.
But Kenseth’s ties to the Madison track run deeper than just his success at the 60-year-old facility. Matt Kenseth was the 1994 track champion and Ross’ grandfather, Roy Kenseth, has promoted races at the facility throughout the years.
“There isn’t a greater place for Ross to get his first ARCA start than Madison,” said Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “That track has meant a lot to us through the years. We both have enjoyed some great times and have won some big races there. I really appreciate one of my racing heroes, Ken Schrader, giving Ross a chance and his first start in the ARCA Series. Through the years I have enjoyed watching a lot of young up-and-coming drivers get their start in ARCA, learn, mature and eventually climb the ladder to NASCAR’s upper ranks.”
A third-generation racer, Ross Kenseth has made a name for himself recently winning some of the nation’s most prestigious super late model races against deep fields that included NASCAR veterans such as Kyle Busch, Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace. In 2012, he won the All-American 400, Winchester 400 and Redbud 300, and just three weeks ago he won the CRA Racing Series Night of Stars 100 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
Perhaps just as impressive as his on-track success is the double duty Ross Kenseth pulls on a regular basis, pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Clemson (S.C.) University. Classes for the fall semester begin just seven days before his ARCA debut in the Herr’s 200 at Madison International Speedway.