Tomorrow night -- Tuesday, June 12th -- Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth will square off in the ASA Midwest Tour “Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150” at the Milwaukee Mile. Kenseth will also face-off against his son, Ross, in only the third time the father-son duo has raced against each other. The last time the two competed head-to-head was in the 2010 Slinger Nationals.
|Ross and Matt Kenseth|
The Kenseth family is in its third generation of racers; all starting their racing careers in Wisconsin. Matt began in the Wisconsin Late Model ranks at age 16, before taking the NASCAR world by storm earning Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2000, the series Championship in 2003 and two Daytona 500 crowns in 2009 and 2012. Ross has followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, showcasing his talent behind the wheel while also attending Clemson University. Ross earned nine Super Late Model wins in 2011 and has already claimed a victory this season in the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. in April.
“I think it's going to be the biggest short track race in years up in Wisconsin,” said Matt. “It will be a pretty cool race and a really big event. I’m excited to go race in the event this year, but it really all came together after we had an extra car in the shop, and I just decided that it would be fun to set it up and race it a few times this summer.”
Asked about how it will feel to race against his son again, Matt said, “Of course I want him to do well and I always hope that he’ll out race me, but I don’t race him any differently than anyone else. Ross has been doing well with his racing career. He had a lot going on catching up from this winter and us moving our shop down to North Carolina, but he’s been working hard and has already won a race.”
More than 80 entries are expected for tomorrow’s event, which will feature the cars and stars of the ASA Midwest Tour, along with several special guests including the Kenseths, 1989 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Rusty Wallace, David Stremme, Tony Raines, David Ragan and several others.
Teams will have on-track time today and Tuesday, before qualifying and the race later that day. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets to the race, visit www.asamidwesttour.com.