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Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Ben Kennedy has been around the sport for his entire life, thanks to some strong family ties in the sanctioning body. Learn more about this Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the Camping World Truck Series in this week’s Fast Facts.
- Ben Kennedy was born Dec. 26, 1991 in Daytona Beach, FL. He is the son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy, grandson of the late Bill France Jr. and great-grandson of the late Bill France Sr., the founder of NASCAR.
- Kennedy began his racing career in Central Florida, winning championships in Super Late Models and Pro Trucks at Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway. In 2010, he made his NASCAR touring series debut in the K&N Pro Series East, racing in the series full-time from 2011 through 2013. In three-plus seasons, Kennedy earned two wins, 19 top 10 finishes and two poles in 41 races. He also competed in six K&N Pro Series West races in 2011 and 2012, earning four top 10 finishes.
- In 2013, Kennedy made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol, qualifying 19th and finishing one lap down in 20th. He picked up his first top-five finish in October of that year at Martinsville Speedway. In 2014, Kennedy is racing for Turner Scott Motorsports in the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado.
- Kennedy has also competed in the prestigious Snowball Derby Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, earning a best finish of 12th in 2013.
- Kennedy is currently enrolled at the University of Florida, majoring in Sports Management.
- Learn more about Kennedy at his website, www.benkennedyracing.com.