The talent pool continues to grow for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
Richard Childress Racing announced on Monday that Ben Kennedy would drive the No. 2 Rheem/Menard’s Chevrolet Camaro for the team in nine NXS races this season starting at Talladega SuperSpeedway in May.
Kennedy will join 2013 XFINITY Series champion Austin Dillon and Paul Menard on the No. 2 team with Justin Alexander as crew chief.
Last season, Kennedy scored his first NASCAR National Series win by winning the Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in August; he also made his NXS debut at Iowa Speedway in June where he scored a 10th place finish.
“I am looking forward to working with Rheem, Menard’s 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.”
Dillon and Menard are excited Kennedy’s addition to their NXS lineup and credits RCR’s partners for allowing young drivers to get seat time in winning equipment.
“I cut my teeth in the XFINITY Series,” said Dillon. “If it hadn’t been for the success I experienced in both the Truck Series and the XFINITY Series, I wouldn’t be driving in the Cup Series now. I understand how important it is to give younger drivers a chance to make a name for themselves and gain valuable experience. They can’t prove themselves unless someone gives them a shot, and I’m glad that Rheem and Menards want to provide Ben that opportunity.”
“It is great that our partners recognize the value in developing young drivers,” said Menard. “They are the future of NASCAR and need to be given chances to race in good equipment at the front of the field. This is a big opportunity for Ben, and I know he’s going to make the most of it with Rheem and Menards on board. He has a lot of talent and this is his chance to show everyone what he’s got.”
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