Pensacola, FL, June 10, 2014– Kenzie Ruston is eager to return to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, coming off an eighth place finish at Bowman Gray Stadium on May 31. Ruston plans to ride the momentum of her top-10 finish into Five Flags Speedway for the Pensacola 150, where she finished fifth last season.
Ruston was one of numerous drivers who took part in the open test session a week ago; she hopes that test session will put her Ben Kennedy Racing Chevy ahead of the rest of the field. “It’s exciting going back to Pensacola”, said Ruston. “Last year Ben had the field covered down there, I ran fifth, but I couldn’t believe how fast he was. I am really happy to be in that same car that he beat us with last year.”
Ruston will be in the same car that Team Principal Ben Kennedy took to Victory Lane one year ago. Crew Chief Mike Fritts was very complementary of his driver following the open test. “Kenzie did an awesome job at the test with feedback as well as running very consistent lap times the whole day”, said Fritts.
Last years race Pensacola 150 was held on April 13, the race this year will be held two months later on June 13. Team Principal Ben Kennedy feels that may place an even higher premium on tire conservation. “The temperature may be a little higher this year seeing that it is later in the year,” said Kennedy. “That should make tire conservation even more important going into the weekend, it’s ultimately going to make for some awesome Friday night short track racing.”
Kennedy reflected briefly on the success of leading all 150 laps last season, winning his first of two NASCAR K&N Pro Series Events of 2013; “I’m really excited for Kenzie and the entire Ben Kennedy Racing team at Five Flags Speedway”, said Kennedy. We had a race-winning car last year and I know we’ll have one this year. We also have the driver to do it. I know the team tested, and I heard positive feedback from them the next day. They should be really fast right off the truck. Kenzie knows the fast way around Pensacola, if the car is one point like it was last year, she will be tough to beat.”
Ruston told NASCAR.com “I really like the Pensacola track a lot. I like the speed there and the banking,” she said. “Some of the bigger tracks we go to it’s all about the cars. I feel that (Five Flags) is more of a driver’s track and I like that. It’s a fantastic track to race.”