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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR's Ben Kennedy moves to truck series with solid speed genes

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Moving up the NASCAR ranks to the top three series for aspiring young drivers is the chief goal of hundreds of drivers. Thousands more Late Model Stock Car drivers would relish the opportunity that will likely never happen.

For Ben Kennedy, the 21-year-old great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., the upward chances were more available owing to his heritage. But lineage isn’t skill. Many NASCAR drivers are second and third generation motorsports racers, but many born to successful drivers aren’t stock car achievers. Some don’t even try.

It’s said that it takes the inheritance of speed genes, the transfer of talent through family DNA. Champion skills are hard to hone and athletic ability is a requisite ingredient.

Kennedy has proven his worth and ability with wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and looks to repeat in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

His organization will be staying at the Daytona shop and field a team in K&N Pro Series. Kennedy has announced that they have tapped 22-year-old Kenzie Ruston to drive the No. 96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet fulltime in 2014.

Courtesy of Daytona International Speedway:

"Getting an opportunity in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Turner Scott Motorsports was due in large part to the time and hard work the team at Ben Kennedy Racing put in over the last two years," said Kennedy. "To be able to maintain the team here in Daytona and put another talented young driver in the seat is a really cool deal."

Ruston, like Kennedy, was a member of the NASCAR Next program last year. The industry initiative, in its third year, is designed to spotlight the sport's rising stars. The pool of talent that has been identified by the program includes Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr., Chase Elliott and Dylan Kwasniewski.

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Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day's drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.

Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FYI WIRZ is the select presentation of motorsports topics by Dwight Drum at Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained from firsthand interviews or official release materials provided by sanctions, teams or track representatives.



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