NASCAR XFINITY Series - American Ethanol E15 250
June 24, 2017 - Iowa Speedway-Newton, IA
This Week's Rheem Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway
This weekend, Ben Kennedy returns to the track that he made his NASCAR XFINTY Series debut at last year. The Florida native heads to Iowa Speedway in the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro for his second start with Richard Childress Racing this season. In his single NXS race at the short track last year, Kennedy finished on the lead lap in 10th place. He has competed in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in Iowa, with his best finish of sixth place coming in 2014.
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Fans will have the opportunity to meet Kennedy at the NXS driver autograph session on Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m. local time. He will appear with his RCR teammates and other NXS drivers in the midway to take pictures and sign autographs.
After making your XFINITY Series debut in Iowa last year, what did you learn that you can apply to this year's race?
"I mostly learned about the NXS cars and how they drive. It was really my first time behind the wheel of one of those cars, but it was a great experience. We had a good run, and I personally learned a lot. I've run a couple more NXS races since then, so hopefully the added seat time will pay off. I also spent time in the simulator turning laps around Iowa with Scott Lagasse, Jr. a few weeks ago to prepare for the weekend. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the No. 2 Rheem Chevy and having some fun this weekend."
You worked with Justin Alexander earlier this year, but have you had a chance to work with and talk to Randall Burnett, the new crew chief of the No. 2 Rheem Chevy?
"Randall and I have been talking over the past couple of weeks to get ready for Iowa, and we've already got our game plan mapped out. I haven't worked with him before, but it seems like he's a really great fit for the team. He's already proven in the short time he's been at RCR that he can build a racecar capable of running up front. He has a lot of experience, especially at the Cup level, and he knows what he's doing without a doubt."
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