Many have wondered when it would take place and it finally did today as Matt Kenseth raced in the same event as his 16-year-old son Ross for the first time ever in a late model feature event at Madison International Speedway, an ASA Member Track, in Oregon, WI. The fans in attendance got to see what they hoped to see, both of them racing for a win.
That happened in the first of two 50-lap feature event where father and son competed with the weekly MIS Rockweiler Insulation Late Models. Ross would start on the outside of the front row with Matt starting seventh.
Ross would get the lead over polesitter Zach Riddle at the start of the feature event while Matt would work his way up to fifth by lap three. Ross would pull away to a ten-car length lead over Riddle until lap 16 when Matt would get by Riddle for the second spot and begin to chase down Ross.
The only caution to fly in the first feature came on lap 32 when Cliff Rucks car came to a stop on the inside of the frontstretch. On the re-start, Matt would look to the inside of Ross and the battle that the fans hoped to see was happening as Ross would be able to hold off Matt for the time being. That was until Matt would go on the outside of Ross with 12 laps to go and take over the lead coming off of turn four.
Matt would go on to take the win by 0.698 seconds while Ross would hold off a tough challenge from Bobby Wilberg for third. Nathan Haseleu was fourth with Jeremy Miller in fifth.
"That was a good time, it was better than I hoped for," Matt Kenseth said after the race. "We ran good and got to battle with Ross for the win which I didn't think was going to happen with all of the competition out there, it was a lot of fun."
Matt was asked about passing Ross for the win, "It was fun for me because I was the one catching him, if it was the other way around it would not have been that much fun. But I was running him down because I could see him burning his right rear up driving harder and harder. His car was too loose. I was able to get there but it was really hard to get past him, it was a lot of fun."
Ross enjoyed the experience as well, "That was a lot of fun. He got by me on this one, we will get him in the next race. He got underneath me twice and I held him off and then he got on the outside of me going in the corner and I was so slow and sideways on the bottom, he got there and I was pretty much done for and he took it and ran away with it."
The top-ten were inverted for the second 50-lap feature allowing father and son to start side-by-side in the fifth row. It took two attempts to get the race started as the second feature proved to be a little more aggressive than the first.
Once the race got underway, Matt started to work his way to the front as he would work his way to the top-five by lap 12 as he passed current MIS point leader Jeremy Miller for the position.
Ross would try to follow his father to the front but would Miller would hold him in the sixth spot for the remainder of the race as Matt would get past former MIS champion Dave Feiler for fourth lap 14.
Four laps later, he would get by Johnny Baumeister Jr. for the third position. Just past the halfway mark on lap 26, Matt would go by Nathan Opplinger for the second spot and set his sights on Chad Stevens for the lead.
It only took him two laps to catch Stevens and make the move on the inside of Stevens on lap 28 to take over the top spot. Matt would go on to a 3.456 second victory over Opplinger, who got by Stevens for second on lap 35. Stevens finished third with Baumeister in fourth and Miller in fifth.
"It was a lot of fun and our car was really good, we made some good adjustments and this Pathfinder Chassis rolled around the bottom of the corner like nobody's business," Kenseth said in victory lane after the race. "We tightened the car up a little bit and it was a little too tight but the tires stayed on there pretty good, it looked like everybody had a little less grip and we got our balance a little closer and it was about right."
Ross with his second and sixth place finish finished second overall to give a Kenseth sweep in their first ever event together.
"I would like to thank the fans for coming out, it was a long two day show, I want to thank you guys," Matt told the crowd who returned on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after the event was rained out on Saturday night.
50 Lap Feature #1
1.Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI), 2. Ross Kenseth (Spring Valley, IL), 3. Bob Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 4. Nathan Haseleu (Pardeeville, WI), 5. Jeremy Miller (Rockton, IL), 6. Dave Feiler (Sun Prairie, WI), 7. John Baumeister Jr. (Lake Geneva, WI), 8. Nathan Oppliger (Oregon, WI), 9. Chad Stevens (Orfordville, WI), 10. Michael Bachaus (Milton, WI), 11. Ryan Miles (Crystal Lake, IL), 12. Kevin Knuese (Waukesha, WI), 13. Scott Broughton (Stoughton, WI), 14. Ryan Goldade (Stoughton, WI), 15. Tyler Kelley (Oregon, WI), 16. Brady Liddle (Oregon, WI), 17. John Ovadal Jr. (Watertown, WI), 18. Kyle Shear (Roscoe, IL), 19. Jimmy Ganski (Rosholt, WI), 20. Zack Riddle (Brooklyn, WI), 21. Jason Hicks (Elkhorn, WI), 22. Cliff Rucks (Deerfield, WI),
50 Lap Feature #2
Feature:1. Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI), 2. Nathan Oppliger (Oregon, WI), 3. Chad Stevens (Orfordville, WI), 4. John Baumeister Jr. (Lake Geneva, WI), 5. Jeremy Miller (Rockton, IL), 6. Ross Kenseth (Spring Valley, IL), 7. Scott Broughton (Stoughton, WI), 8. Bob Wilberg (Beloit, WI), 9. Dave Feiler (Sun Prairie, WI), 10. Nathan Haseleu (Pardeeville, WI), 11. Jason Hicks (Elkhorn, WI), 12. Ryan Goldade (Stoughton, WI), 13. Brady Liddle (Oregon, WI), 14. Michael Bachaus (Milton, WI), 15. Ryan Miles (Crystal Lake, IL), 16. John Ovadal Jr. (Watertown, WI), 17. Jimmy Ganski (Rosholt, WI), 18. Kyle Shear (Roscoe, IL), 19. Zack Riddle (Brooklyn, WI), 20. Cliff Rucks (Deerfield, WI), 21. Tyler Kelley (Oregon, WI), 22. Kevin Knuese (Waukesha, WI),