Kenseth To Run a Pair of ASA MW Tour Events in '08 by Kevin Ramsell, ASA MW Tour PR
Cup Champ Makes Plans For Iowa and Milwaukee
2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Matt Kenseth, will return to his roots and compete in two of the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment events in 2008. Kenseth is scheduled to race at the July 20th Iowa Speedway event and the August 24th Milwaukee Mile event.
In his formative racing years, Kenseth was a regular on the touring ARTGO Challenge Series, which was a series very similar to today’s ASA Midwest Tour. The Cambridge, WI native tallied five ARTGO series wins, and surpasses Mark Martin as the youngest driver ever to win an ARTGO event when he captured the June 19, 1991 win at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. He also has ARTGO wins at Norway Speedway (June 26, 1993), Oktoberfest (Oktober 10, 1993), Wisconsin International Raceway (September 17, 1994), and La Crosse (July 12, 1995).
For Kenseth, competing in the ARTGO series was a huge stepping stone to where he is today, “That's were I spent most of my time short track racing so obviously it was were I got noticed and gained a lot of experience,” Kenseth stated. “Also John McKarns was great at promoting that series.”
McKarns has an active role as an ASA Midwest Tour Advisory Board member.
The new 7/8th-mile Iowa Speedway event will be the first visit for Kenseth and the ASAMT and he is looking forward to competing at the Newton, IA facility, “It’s a new track that I hear a lot of good things about, I enjoy short track racing and Pathfinder gives me cars that are real competitive,” Kenseth remarked. “It’s always fun to race those cars on tracks that big like Iowa. It’s always a challenge when you go to a new track.”
Joining Kenseth on July 20th at Iowa Speedway will be another NASCAR star, Kyle Busch, along with the ASAMT Touring Stars and the best Super Late Model drivers from the Midwest, which promises to be a highlight of the Iowa Speedway’s third season.
“We’re thrilled to have two of the top young NASCAR Cup Series drivers competing against each other, as well as a large field of drivers, this summer,” commented Jerry Jauron, Iowa Speedway President. “It gives fans an opportunity to see world-class drivers here in Iowa and it should be a very competitive race”.
Kenseth will then return to The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, August 24th to defend his 2007 win in the “Wisconsin All-Star 100 featuring Matt Kenseth.”
Kenseth has competed at The Milwaukee Mile since the early 1990’s in Super Late Models and NASCAR Nationwide Series cars, finishing as high as second in 2001. Last year, Kenseth drove to victory in a 50-lap super late model event at The Milwaukee Mile, his first victory at America’s Legendary Oval.
“It was cool to finally get a win there,” Kenseth recalled. “It was really fun to drive a car that handled that good at that track.”
The NASCAR veteran also feels that competing at The Milwaukee Mile is important for young drivers to gain some experience, “It’s the biggest track in the area and probably the biggest track you race a late model car,” Kenseth stated. “I think you learn about momentum and aerodynamics there that maybe you wouldn't at a smaller track.”
“Race fans will get a chance to see twice as much action with Matt Kenseth and the ASAMT Super Late Model racers this August 24th, as The Milwaukee Mile is excited to expand the Wisconsin All-Star 100 with Matt Kenseth from 50 miles to 100 miles,” commented Craig Stoehr, Milwaukee Mile Chairman. “We’ve listened to our fans and they will get more of Matt racing in 2008, which will be a highlight during our Governor’s Cup racing weekend.”
Racing in the ASAMT is a homecoming of sorts for Kenseth in another way, as two of his close friends prepare and his Pathfinder Chassis, the chassis company co-owners Joe Wood and Jason Schuler. “Having a good car builder and people working on my car and setting it up has been a huge advantage for me. They are around the sport and those cars all year and are very knowledgeable about short track racing and provide a great product on the track.”
“Tim (Olson, ASAMT President) and I are very excited to have a NASCAR Champion return to his roots and compete with the best Super Late Model drivers in the Midwest,” Steve Einhaus, ASAMT Vice President stated. “He is a talented driver and I know he will be one to watch at each event.”
In conjunction with The Milwaukee Mile, the Wisconsin All-Star 100 with Matt Kenseth is being promoted by his father, Roy Kenseth and his RK Race Promotions. For the Sunday, August 24th race day at The Mile, RK Race Promotions is offering a special hospitality package for $75. This includes a 400-level reserved grandstand ticket (a $30 value) and a pre-race event in the climate-controlled Wisconsin Product Pavilion located on Grandstand Avenue near turn four, which will include a Matt Kenseth autographed laminated hospitality ticket, food & beverages, and a question/answer session with Matt.
Order forms can be found at www.mattkenseth.com and www.kevinramsell.com.
The season opening event for the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment’s will take place on Saturday, April 19th at Elko Speedway in Elko, MN.