Willard and Kenseth Team up for Mercy Masters of the Pros at I-44 Speedway
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One of the most anticipated events in the history of Lebanon I-44 Speedway has gotten even more interesting for the Willard Motorsports team. Ross Kenseth will jump behind the wheel of the number 32 McGunegill Engine Performance late model in pursuit of inaugural winners “green jacket” at the 1st Annual Mercy Masters of the Pros at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday, May 18th as a teammate to Brennon Willard in his familiar number 3.
Kenseth will be making his first trip to the high banks of the Lebanon I-44 Speedway, a place where his father, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth, raced several times in the ARTGO Challenge Series in the early 90’s. “I remember watching Matt Kenseth race here when I was young against Larry Phillips and Joe Shear, so it’s pretty cool that Ross and I both are getting to race at a place that our dads have both raced at,” said Willard. The track may be new to Ross, but the Pathfinder Chassis will be very familiar as it is the car that Willard purchased this offseason from Kenseth’s Generation 3 Motorsports team. “I’m very excited to team up with Ross, especially since he’s getting back into one of his old cars,” said Willard. ”I don’t like the color green at all, but both of us would love to put on the green jacket in victory lane on Saturday night.”
Kenseth is coming off a very successful weekend, after picking up the victory in his Blain’s Farm and Fleet Pathfinder on Saturday night at the PASS South Race in South Boston, Virginia. The victory was Kenseth’s first of the season after coming off a very successful 2012 that included wins in the Redbud 300, All-American 400 and Winchester 400 all in the same season! Ross will be trying to add to the success that his father had at I-44 Speedway which included a front row start for an ARTGO Challenge Series race in 1995.
Willard will be looking to gain momentum after a 10th place finish on Saturday night at I-44 Speedway. The Willard Asphalt Chevrolet started 6th in the feature on Saturday night, but would quickly fall back to 12th with loose handling car. “We fought our way back up to 7th or 8th at the end but lost a couple spots avoiding the last lap spin in turn 4,” said Willard. “I was disappointed in how we ended up, but very happy overall with our new car for the first race out. Our goal was to finish the night in one piece and to see how we stack up against the best this weekend”
The Mercy Masters of the Pro’s already has over 40 entries from 7 states and Canada for the 144 lap $8,000.00 to win race. The JEGS CRA All Star’s Series race will be the largest and highest paying event in series history. Kenseth will be joined by two other sons of NASCAR stars as Chase Elliott and Matt Wallace have both entered the two day event.
For more information about Ross please visit www.rosskenseth.com, like him on Facebook at Generation 3 Motorsports or on Twitter @RossKenseth.
For more information about Brennon please visit www.brennonwillard.com , like him on Facebook at Brennon Willard Racing or on Twitter @brennonwillard.
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