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Hard Hit Results In 28th-Place Finish for Kennedy in ‘Dega Debut
TALLADEGA, Ala. (October 18, 2014) – Ben Kennedy was off to a strong start in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the legendary Talladega Superspeedway, posting the fastest practice lap and running in the top five for much of the event. However, contact from another competitor on lap 65 sent the Heater.com Chevrolet into the wall in a series of hard impacts, ultimately ending Kennedy’s day and resulting in a 28th-place finish.
Kennedy’s weekend at Talladega Superspeedway started off in the same fashion as the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, with the No. 31 leading the first and only practice session of the weekend with a lap time close to 189 miles per hour. Taking the green flag from the 13th position, Kennedy had already worked his way into the top 10 by the first caution of the day on lap 13. Restarting ninth after a fuel-only pit stop, Kennedy quickly worked his way up to the sixth spot, holding the position through lap 44. After making a green-flag pit stop for right-side tires and fuel, Kennedy was scored in the fourth spot by the time pit stops had cycled through. A caution on lap 57 reset the field with Kennedy in fourth place, but he was unable to find a hole to move from the outside line to the inside, costing him two positions. Kennedy’s fast Chevy Silverado rebounded quickly and looked capable of breaking back into the top five when the competitor behind him bobbled and hit the rear of his truck, sending the No. 31 into the outside wall and resulting in two hard impacts. With his Heater.com Chevy severely crippled, Kennedy was forced to retire from the race 29 laps early, relegating him to a 28th-place finish.
Ben Kennedy on Talladega Superspeedway
“Well, that hurt. I have a feeling I’m going to be pretty sore this week. We were so good this weekend. Our guys really deserved a win today; they built me such a fast truck. I’m not really sure what happened, but the truck behind me got into me and at those speeds, you hit the wall fast and hard. Fortunately, Martinsville [Speedway] has been good to us in the past, so maybe next week is our week. I’m so proud of everything this team has done all year long, and we’ll just keep digging.”
Kennedy is eighth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings following his first DNF of the 2014 season. The NCWTS heads from the biggest track on the circuit to the smallest as the series takes on Martinsville Speedway next weekend. The Kroger 200 will air live on Saturday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.
Best Time: 50.693
Best Time: 51.562
Laps Led: 0
Laps Completed/Total Laps: 65/94