Sunday’s Blizzard Series finale at Five Flags Speedway was one of the most anticipated races of the year in Super Late Model racing. It did not disappoint, featuring two Super Late Model titans dueling it out for the win on a national stage. The event also marked a former rising star making his return to the track after a long hiatus.
Former Winchester 400 and All American 400 winner Ross Kenseth climbed back behind the wheel for his first race in five years Sunday afternoon. While his qualifying run Saturday night wasn’t what he had hoped for, he was back to his old form Sunday afternoon, working his way from 19th to earn a seventh-place finish in the Jim Weber-owned No. 3.
Sunday’s result left Kenseth satisfied with his performance after his time spent out of racing.
“I think it went really well. One of the biggest things was getting back the feel for the car and getting the car dialed in to where I’m comfortable,” Kenseth told Speed51. “It was my first time driving a Senneker car and working with these guys and I feel like from the start of practice to the end of the race, we really made gains on it the entire time. During the race, we made big changes on it the first pit stop and I think it went from being a 15th-place car to a top-five car at the end.”
It took little time for Kenseth to get reacclimated to driving a Super Late Model, and once he did it became second nature. The event’s postponement to Sunday came with a throwback feel for him in more ways than just the speed, going back to his days racing week in and week out in his ideal track conditions.
“It was a lot of fun. It comes back to you pretty quick, it didn’t feel like it had been as long as it has been. Those kinds of races have always been some of my favorite races, where it’s hot, slick. Managing your tires are important and throttle control and cars sliding around, those are the kind of races I’ve had the most fun at.”
While he waited five years between the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway in November 2015 and this past weekend’s Blizzard Series show, fans may not have to wait that long to see Kenseth back behind the wheel.
He is in conversations with Weber and crew to potentially attend more races later on down the road. While Kenseth is pretty sure he’ll race once again, nothing is yet set in stone.
“I’m not 100% sure, I think there will be some conversations we’ll have here in the next couple of weeks going forward. All in all, I think I’m pretty happy. We were able to make some good progress and see where we stand and I feel like we have a lot of fun working together.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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