BROOKLYN, Mich. — official series release — ARCA photo — Ross Kenseth makes his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of 2015 on Friday, June 12, at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the Corrigan Oil 200.
Kenseth will be driving the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car for Ken Schrader Racing with sponsorship support from Boyne Machine Company of Jenison, Mich. and Berlin (Mich.) Raceway.
Friday marks Kenseth’s third career ARCA start after debuting with Ken Schrader Racing at Madison, Wis. in 2013, where he won the pole and led 51 laps before finishing sixth. His second start was in the 2014 ARCA finale at Kansas Speedway, where he started 11th and finished third, winning SCOTT Rookie of the Race in the process.
The Kenseths are certainly no strangers to success at the two-mile Brooklyn, Mich. oval, where Kenseth’s father, Matt, has 12 top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including two victories. Still, the younger Kenseth expects a bit of a learning curve.
“I’d say the biggest challenge will be getting used to the speed there as it’s probably one of the faster tracks (ARCA) goes to,” said Kenseth. “Racing there is pretty wide. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun on restarts, and that track seems to be pretty good for passing.
“I had a good time working with Schrader Racing a couple of years ago at Madison and I’m looking forward to being back with them. I’m just thankful for Kenny Schrader, Federated Auto Parts, Mike Blackmer and Boyne Machine for giving me the opportunity.”
“Ross did a good job for us the first time he was ever in an ARCA car at Madison and we feel he can do a good job for us this weekend, too,” said Ken Schrader. “We’re fortunate to be able to take the Federated car to the track with racers like Ross who we’re confident can go out there and get the job done.”
The Corrigan 200 marks the completion of the first half of a busy two-week schedule for Kenseth, which starts today at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Mich., where he is scheduled to make only his second start on dirt. Next week, on Tuesday, Kenseth races at Berlin Speedway in one of the biggest late model races of the year, the Berlin 251.
Then on Saturday, June 20, Kenseth makes his long-anticipated NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.