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Ben Kennedy Expands XFINITY Series Schedule

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In addition to the nine-race schedule set with Richard Childress Racing, Ben Kennedy will also run 12 additional events this season for GMS Racing. He will kick off his campaign with GMS at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the No. 96 Chevrolet Camaro.

Kennedy is no stranger to GMS Racing, scoring his first career Camping World Truck Series victory with them at Bristol Motor Speedway last season. Everything will be familiar this year, too, as he reunites with crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz.  

“I am really excited to be competing with GMS Racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Ben Kennedy. “The conversation to get me in the second car has been on-going since the end of last season. Everyone that works at GMS is so dedicated to the team. There’s a sense of family at the shop and at the track so I’m glad everything has finally lined up. GMS has shown speed this year in both series and I know that they will give me the necessary tools to run up front.”

After winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship last year with Johnny Sauter, GMS Racing made the decision to go full-time XFINITY Series racing with Spencer Gallagher behind the wheel. The news of a second entry has the team excited.


“We couldn’t be more excited to have Ben fill our second car,” said GMS Racing Director of Competition, Mike Beam. “This is a huge step for our [NASCAR] XFINITY Series program and I look forward to watching Ben learn and grow as a driver through it.”


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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.