Monday, December 16, 2013

Bill France Sr.'s great-grandson will be a fulltime NASCAR driver in 2014

   Team release 

   MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 16, 2013) – Turner Scott Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Ben Kennedy to its 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series roster. 

   The 21-year-old will drive a fulltime campaign while competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado. Michael Shelton, who led the No. 31 team to TSM’s first championship in 2012 with driver James Buescher, will continue his role atop the pit box. 

   Kennedy made his NCWTS debut for TSM in 2013, earning a best finish of fourth at Martinsville Speedway. Kennedy, who began his racing career on the short tracks of central Florida, has Pro-Truck championship titles at both Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway, which he earned in 2009, followed by the Super Late Model championship at Orlando Speedworld in 2010. 

   The great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr., Kennedy made his touring series debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2010. In 2013, he finished fourth points standings on the strength of two wins, one pole, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in addition to being crowned as the series’ Most Popular Driver. The Daytona Beach, Fla. native is also completing his sports management degree at the University of Florida.

   "I’m really excited about the opportunity to be in Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 31 truck for 2014 and to be able to work alongside Michael Shelton and a very talented crew,” said Kennedy.

   “It will be a great year and I hope to really learn a lot in the series and compete for wins and Rookie of the Year. It’s going to be a blast to work with such great people; I can’t thank everyone I’ve worked with in the past enough for getting me to this point in my career. A big ‘thank you’ to all my fans for always sticking behind me.”

What were Joe Gibbs Racing's Top 5 NASCAR moments of 2013?


   Joe Gibbs Racing decided to rank its own Top 5 moments of the 2013 NASCAR season.

   Here's its list:

   1. Matt Kenseth's first win with JGR, at Las Vegas in March.

   2. Darrell Wallace Jr.'s first NASCAR victory, which came in the fall Truck series race at Martinsville, Va.

   3. Kyle Busch takes sponsor Interstate Batteries to Victory Lane at Texas in April.

   4. Denny Hamlin wins the Sprint Cup Series season finale race at Homestead, Fla.

   5. JGR drivers finish 1-2-3-5 in the Nationwide Series race at Darlington, S.C.

   To see a video tribute to each moment created by JGR go here.