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Ben Kennedy goes full-time truck racing with Turner Scott Motorsports

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Turner Scott Motorsports announced earlier this week that Ben Kennedy has been hired to replace the departing James Buescher behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet in full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2014. Michael Shelton will remain as crew chief on the No. 31 team.

"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," Kennedy said. "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, the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, competed in five of 22 Truck Series races in 2013, finishing in the top-five once. He raced full-time in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East between 2011 and 2013, posting two wins, both coming in 2013.

"We are very excited to have Ben running full-time for us in the Truck Series," TSM co-owner Harry Scott Jr. said. "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."

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