NASCAR Royalty, Kennedy, Reflects on First Truck’s Series Victory

CHARLOTTE, NC (WCCB Charlotte) — The first line in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy’s bio will always focus on his great grandfather–NASCAR co-founder, Bill France Senior.

But after Wednesday night in Bristol, Kennedy can add the line “NASCAR race winner” to his resume. Kennedy won the UNOH 200 calling the victory the “coolest night of his life.”

He was a little more reserved when WCCB caught up with the first time winner on Friday.

“It was a pretty cool win the other night,” Kennedy said. “It was really exciting. I’m just looking forward to the next race.”

The 24-year old celebrated that night with a trip to Denny’s. His first phone call came in victory lane from his mom who decided to skip the race because of impending weather.

“She (told me) she’s really proud of me,” Kennedy said.

The win gives Kennedy a huge sigh of relief. Not only is it his first win in 62 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series races, but it locks Kennedy into the Chase for the Championship.

“It’s been tough getting here and I have worked hard at getting to this level,” Kennedy said as he reflected on his career to this point. “And its starting to pay off.”

The trucks series picks back up in Michigan on Saturday at 1pm.