Ben Kennedy to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports
December 16, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
21-year-old will pilot the No. 31 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Ben Kennedy will drive his first full-time campaign in a NASCAR national series in 2014 for Turner Scott Motorsports. Kennedy will drive the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Kennedy, 21, is the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. and the son of Lesa France Kennedy, the CEO of International Speedway Corporation and a Vice Chairperson for NASCAR.
"I’m really excited about the opportunity to be in Turner Scott Motorsports' No. 31 truck for 2014 and to be able to work alongside Michael Shelton and a very talented crew," said Kennedy. "It will be a great year and I hope to really learn a lot in the series and compete for wins and Rookie of the Year. It’s going to be a blast to work with such great people; I can’t thank everyone I’ve worked with in the past enough for getting me to this point in my career. A big 'thank you' to all my fans for always sticking behind me."
Kennedy ran in five Truck Series events in 2013, posting a fourth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in October. Kennedy ran for team co-owner Steve Turner in three of those five races, including Martinsville.
Kennedy made his touring series debut in 2010 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and raced full-time in the series from 2011 to 2013. The Florida native enjoyed his best season on the K&N Pro Series East circuit in 2013, scoring two victories, nine top-10 finishes and a fourth-place finish in the point standings. He was also crowned as the series' Most Popular Driver and also was selected for the NASCAR Next program in 2013.
Turner Scott Motorsports earned the 2012 Camping World Truck Series championship with James Buescher piloting the No. 31 truck. Buescher is moving up to the Nationwide Series with RAB Racing. His departure from Turner Scott Motorsports was announced on Friday.
"We are very excited to have Ben running full time for us in the Truck Series," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "I believe we all have seen his potential over the last few years and we’re looking forward to seeing all that he can accomplish while running for us full time. He’s an impressive young man who is not only a talented racer, but also very smart and very driven. Turner Scott Motorsports has always been about developing talent for the future of our sport, and Ben is very representative of that. I know that everyone in our organization, especially the No. 31 crew, is looking forward to working with Ben and having a very successful year."