Ben Kennedy joins Richard Childress Racing for part-time XFINITY ride

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), known as the series “where names are made”, is set to add a powerful name to its ranks in 2017 as the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr.,  joins the series for a part-time drive.

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced Monday that the team has added Ben Kennedy to the roster of the team’s No. 2 Chevrolet for a partial season run in 2017.

Kennedy, son of International Speedway Corporation chief executive officer Lesa France Kennedy, will make nine starts for the team with sponsorship from Rheem and Menards.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., native will make his season debut  at Talladega Superspeedway in the Spring.  Monster Energy Cup Series regulars Austin Dillon and Paul Menard will combine to complete the No. 2 Chevrolet’s roster for the upcoming NXS season.

“I am looking forward to working with Rheem, Menards and the No. 2 XFINITY Series team,” said Kennedy. “I’m thrilled that well-respected brands like Rheem and Menards are willing to lend their support and provide the opportunity to prove what I can do. I may not have the experience that Cup Series drivers do, but I’m confident that I have what it takes to get to Victory Lane.”

Kennedy, 25, has competed full-time in NASCAR since 2011, running three seasons apiece in both the K&N Pro Series East (2011-13) and the Camping World Truck Series (2014-16). The Floridian has improved in each season of competition, reaching victory lane in his final full-time season in both series.

Kennedy was most recently seen with GMS Racing, where the third-year Truck Series shoe parlayed an August victory at Bristol Motor Speedway into a bid in the series’ first playoff, where he ultimately finished seventh.

The 25-year-old also made his NXS debut in 2016, earning a 10th-place finish for RCR at Iowa Speedway.

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