Matt Kenseth returns to Slinger (Wis.) Speedway on Tuesday, July 15 for the 35th annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals. Driving the black No. 8 Smart Motors Toyota, Kenseth will attempt to add to his record-setting six wins in one of the nation’s most prestigious short-track, late model events.
“The Slinger Nationals was always the biggest short track race in Wisconsin and one of the most well known around the country,” said Kenseth, a Wisconsin native. “I try to get back and race it every once and a while. Last year I was up there but didn’t race. I just watched (son) Ross race and I got to thinking, ‘Man, if I’m going to be in the stands watching, I might as well be out there racing with those guys.’”
Kenseth won his sixth Slinger Nationals crown in 2012, his last race at the speedway, when he took the lead from Kyle Busch on a late-race restart. Kenseth’s first Slinger Nationals victory came in 1994, but his memories at Slinger go back even further.
“I remember going to Slinger before I even started racing and sitting in the grandstands watching the different great drivers that raced there,” said Kenseth. “Not just the short track greats from around Wisconsin, but the track would always get some NASCAR drivers to come back there—Davey Allison, Neil Bonnett, Bobby Allison and a whole bunch of guys.”
The Slinger Nationals will be the second race on Wisconsin’s short track circuit for Kenseth in 2014. In June he won the Colony Brands 100 at Madison International Speedway. But, Kenseth understands the challenges that the World’s Fastest 1/4-Mile present as he’ll attempt to complete his 2014 Wisconsin sweep.
“Man, Slinger is a tough little short track,” Kenseth said. “It’s a really high-banked, quarter-mile. In a way, it’s the same as any track—you got to have your car handling better than the rest of the guys and you have to be able to pass. But, Slinger is a fun track. For only being a quarter-mile you really have to drive hard all the time. Stuff happens really quickly. It’s always been one of the most exciting tracks, not only to drive, but to watch at as well.”
Madison-based Smart Motors will sponsor Kenseth’s entry at the Slinger Nationals. In addition, Kenseth will appear at the Madison dealership on Monday, July 14 for an autograph session with fans beginning at 6 p.m. The No. 20 Dollar General Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series show car will be in attendance, as will the Matt Kenseth Fan Club souvenir rig. More information can be found at mattkenseth.com/appearances.
Tickets for the Slinger Nationals start at $20 for adults, $12 for kids ages 10 through 15 and kids 9 and under get in free.
A limited number of VIP meet-and-greet hospitalitytickets are available allowing fans the opportunity to meet Matt Kenseth at Slinger Speedway on July 15, get an autograph and attend a question-and-answer session. Pit pass, food, drink and a general admission ticket to the race are included. Preorder today to save $25 at slingersuperspeedway.com.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the track office at 262-644-5921 or visiting the track’s website.
Speed51.com's 51 TV will also have live Pay-Per-View coverage for $19.99. You can order it here at: http://speed51.com/51livetv-events/
- Matt Kenseth Press Release. Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR