By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
For the first time in his career, Ben Kennedy will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kennedy will return to the No. 2 Richmond / Menard’s Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) for the Overton’s 200.
Kennedy has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the ‘Magic Mile,’ he has a best finish of 11th last year. He also has four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in Loudon with a best finish of 16th in 2011.
Kennedy was excited to return to the 1.058-mile oval,
“I’m looking forward to going up north for the race this weekend. I’ve never raced at New Hampshire in the XFINITY Series before, but I have seat time there in both a truck and the K&N Series. It’s definitely a tricky track to wrap your head around. The track is so flat, but it has a lot of speed.”
“You have to be aggressive to pass cars because there is really only one groove. I’m confident that we’ll have a great weekend in New Hampshire, even with it being my first NXS race there. RCR has had solid runs there in the past, and my crew chief Randall Burnett has a lot of experience there as well.”
So far, this season, Kennedy has competed in just seven of the 17 races, splitting time between RCR and GMS Racing. New Hampshire marks his fourth start of the 2017 season with RCR.
Kennedy earned his best career finish and only top five finish with RCR at Talladega Superspeedway, where he finished fourth. He also has two career Top 10s, his other Top 10 coming at Iowa Speedway with RCR last year.
Now Kennedy will look not only to improve his personal best finish at New Hampshire, but also his best career finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.