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Ross Kenseth to Make Second XFINITY Start at Phoenix

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Ross Kenseth will make his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series start next weekend when he takes charge of the No. 80 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota, the driver confirmed on Saturday night.

Kenseth led a lap and finished sixth in his tour debut during the summer at Chicagoland Speedway, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He made his Camping World Truck Series debut last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, driving for HRE, and finishing 17th.

He spent parts of that race inside the top-10 and impressed team general manager Pat Tryson, who helped put together his upcoming XFINITY Series package for Phoenix.

“I’m really excited and thankful for the opportunity Shige Hattori has given me,” Kenseth said via text on Saturday. “I feel like having the experience from Martinsville will help a lot. We really didn’t get the finish we deserved but that’s Martinsville.

“Pat Tyson and Bobby Burrell have put a lot of time and effort into this program going into Phoenix, so hopefully we can come out of there with a solid run. They have been really supportive of me and believe in me and that goes a long way, especially when it’s our first XFINITY race together.”

Kenseth and Hattori are hoping to put together a full-time Truck Series schedule for next season but it’s all dependent on funding.

His father, 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion Matt, is currently serving a two-race suspension for intentionally crashing Joey Logano last weekend at Martinsville.



Matt Weaver

Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.