Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that Ross Kenseth – son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth -- will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Chicagoland Speedway on June 20. Dollar General will sponsor Kenseth in his first NASCAR National Series career start.
“This is an exciting time for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, “We’ve got several young, talented drivers in our stable, and now we have the chance to add Ross Kenseth to that list. Ross has been working hard and showing that he is ready for this next step. We’re excited that he will be doing that in the No. 20 car with our partner Dollar General.”
Dollar General joined JGR in 2012 and has been a part of 14 visits to Victory Lane between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series.
“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and return to the XFINITY Series with Ross as he makes his series debut,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and chief executive officer, “We’ve been fortunate to work with great drivers over the years and have success across all three of NASCAR’s top series. We know Ross will do a great job and represent the Dollar General brand well.”
“I am really thankful for the opportunity JGR and Dollar General have given me and I am excited to make my first XFINITY Series start,” said Kenseth, “I couldn't have asked to be in a better situation. Having Dollar General support me for my first start means a lot to me. JGR and Dollar General are used to running up front and competing for wins, and hopefully I can catch on quickly.”
In addition to his XFINITY debut, 21-year-old Kenseth will also compete in a limited ARCA and Super Late Model racing schedule this season.