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Ross Kenseth to make XFINITY debut for JGR

April 17, 2015, Staff report,

Ross Kenseth
Son of Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup driver will make first start at Chicagoland

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday that Ross Kenseth will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on June 20 (9:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).


The son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth will sport his father's number, 20, and primary sponsor, Dollar General, in his first NASCAR national series start.

"This is an exciting time for us," Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, said in a team release. "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."

At Bristol Motor Speedweay on Friday, the 21-year-old driver said he looks forward to racing for owner Joe Gibbs and doesn't have any additional XFINITY starts planned.

"It's a great honor for someone like Coach Gibbs to take a chance on me, and then a sponsor like Dollar General to pick up the event and have all the pieces come together," Ross Kenseth said.

He will also race this season in ARCA and Late Model events as he prepares to make his first national series start.

"Yeah, trying to get a handful of Late Model races in, I'm running a couple of ARCA races for (team owner) Kenny Schrader at Michigan and Chicago leading up to the XFINITY race," Ross Kenseth said. "Just trying to get a little bit more experience before we go to Chicago."

The son is looking to his father for advice but also has some other mentors at JGR, both younger and older.

"The guys at JGR, I'm sure my dad and Kyle (Busch)," Ross Kenseth said. "Me and Erik (Jones) are pretty good friends; he's been running really good this year.
"Last year when I went to Kansas for my first mile-and-a-half ARCA start, and my dad was a big help with that. I had plenty of questions for him. He helped me out there to get up to speed a lot faster than I would have went out and tried to learn on my own. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions before the (Chicago) race starts."

During the second off-weekend of the season, Matt Kenseth plans to attend his son's race at Chicagoland.


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