TALLADEGA, Ala. — official release — Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America photo — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ben Kennedy is no stranger to a superspeedway.
In his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Daytona International Speedway, Kennedy led the field to green, staying out front for a race-high 52 laps before finishing 15th. Since then, the 22-year-old has gone on to claim seven top-10 finishes, including a career-high third-place showing at Martinsville.
Kennedy will put his superspeedway skills to the test in his first start at Talladega next week in the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola on Oct. 18 (1 p.m. ET on FOX). After his performance at Daytona, it would not be shocking to see the No. 31 truck out front at NASCAR’s biggest oval.
Sitting eighth in the standings as the highest-ranked rookie, Kennedy can realistically make a run at the top five with five races remaining on the season slate. He trails fifth-place Joey Coulter by 16 points and is not far behind sixth-place German Quiroga (13 points) and seventh-place Timothy Peters (three points).
Kennedy has picked up some momentum recently with two seventh-place finishes in his last three races.