Matt Kenseth returned to Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin on Monday evening to prepare his Super Late Model for a 100-lap event on Tuesday night.
With a crew that consists of former ASA Champion Butch Miller, Troy Smith, Joe Wood and Todd Millard, Kenseth worked on tuning his car for the Colony Brands 100 at Wisconsin’s fastest half-mile oval.
He said the track still is very familiar to him after the test; the only difference is that it has a few more bumps on it since he last competed there.
The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion is also the 1994 track champion at Madison when he ran with the No. 8 on the side of his car. On Tuesday, he will compete with that familiar number on the side of his Super Late Model.
It was Matt himself that came up with the idea of going back to the retro number.
“It’s been a lot of years since we ran it (the No. 8) and it was kind of my idea to put it together and go retro,” Kenseth said after his practice session. “I think it looks kind of cool and I think it’s cool for the fans that used to watch me race. Some of the newer fans probably don’t get it or remember; it’s been a long time since I ran it. So I thought it would be fun to do it this year.”
Kenseth will be running the No. 8 Toyota Camry at Tuesday’s Madison event and at the Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway in Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 15th. Kenseth will be looking for his seventh win in the historic event.
The car was prepared at Pathfinder Chassis in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It is the same car that his son, Ross Kenseth, has driven the past two years and will have a McGunegill Engine Performance (MEP) 9:1 motor in the car for both events. Joe Wood, co-owner of Pathfinder Chassis, said the car would be available for sale after the Slinger Nationals.
Tickets for Tuesday’s event at Madison are still available and can be purchased at the track. Adult admission is $20; Seniors 60+ and students 12-17 are $18 and ages 11 and under are $5.
Gates open at 10am with practice from noon – 3:30pm. Qualifying will get underway at 4:00pm with racing getting underway at 7:30pm.
More information can be found at www.madisoninternationalspeedway.com.
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed 51 Midwest Editor/Director of Business – Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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