LEBANON, Mo. – With the NASCAR season a little over a month away at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, track officials have confirmed that Ross Kenseth, son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, has committed to race in the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour Mercy ‘Masters of the Pros’ 144 on May 18.
The touring series visits Missouri’s only asphalt oval and only NASCAR facility for a jaw-dropping minimum $8,000 to win, $600 to start late model showcase highlighted by the winner receiving a signature green jacket similar to the one donned by the champion of golf’s The Masters event in Augusta, Ga.
“When we put this event together, this type of talent was what we were hoping to attract,” Lebanon I-44 Speedway promoter Kevin Greven said. “Ross is an extremely talented and likable young man who will be gunning for a huge payday in mid-May. Everyone’s excited to see him commit to race with us, and it only adds to the prestige of what is already becoming one of our most-anticipated events in some time.”
Greven noted that even more well-known drivers were considering throwing their hat into the ring and attempting to win the highest-paying event of its class during the 2013 season.
Ross Kenseth has followed in the footsteps of his famous father, jumping into a late model in 2007 at the age of 14 and recording a Big 8 Series championship in just his third season.
Since then, the Clemson University student has moved into the super late model ranks and out of his father’s shadow, garnering ASA Midwest Tour rookie of the year honors in 2010 and notching eight wins during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, including the prestigious Red, White and Blue State Championship at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wis., the same speed plant where his father cut his teeth growing up.