Kenzie Ruston will drive the No. 96 Drive Sober Chevrolet for Ben Kennedy Racing in the Drive Sober 150 on Friday, September 26 at Dover International Speedway. The partnership between Ben Kennedy Racing and the Delaware Office of Highway safety began in 2013 with Team Principal Ben Kennedy in the Drive Sober 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. Kennedy drove a Delaware Office of Highway Safety sponsored truck this spring to a seventh place finish at the Monster Mile.
“The partnership between the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and Ben Kennedy Racing has been great,” said Team Principal Ben Kennedy. “I’ve always been honored to represent the Drive Sober initiatives put forth by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety; these programs educate the public about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence, and they save lives. Kenzie is a great role model and will be a great ambassador for the Drive Sober 150 this weekend at the Monster Mile.”
Kenzie Ruston, driver of the No. 96 Drive Sober Chevrolet has been looking forward to Dover all season, but the partnership with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety brings a greater anticipation and excitement.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have the Delaware Office of Highway Safety on my car and uniform this weekend,” said Ruston. “Drunk driving is dangerous, and unfortunately, it takes far too many lives; this year alone, Delaware has lost 87 lives to traffic crashes, and 44% of those were alcohol related. Representing a great program like the Drive Sober initiative of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety puts a different meaning on this race. We always want to win, but this weekend, my team and I are here to promote sober driving and saving lives.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Kenzie Ruston and Ben Kennedy Racing for the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway this weekend,” said Alison Kirk, Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “Ben has been a great ambassador for our initiative and a fan favorite here in Dover and we know Kenzie will be great as well.
“Educating the public about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving is our number one priority. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and we want to see alcohol related fatalities in the state of Delaware reduced to zero. To date this year, there have been a total of 2,898 individuals arrested in Delaware for DUI, drunk driving just isn’t worth it.”
Fans attending the Drive Sober 150 will have an opportunity to visit the Delaware Office of Highway Safety display in the Monster Mile Fanzone. Fans can take the “Drive Sober Pledge: and get entered to win a crew member experience for them and three friends at a 2015 IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship event of their choice. The display will be open all weekend with games and prizes for fans attending the festivities at Dover International Speedway.
The Drive Sober program runs during the Delaware Office of Highway Safety Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement campaign. Every weekend, officers throughout the state of Delaware operate checkpoints designed to deter those who think they can drive after drinking.
“We want the fans to have a great time when they come to the Monster Mile,” said Alison Kirk. “We also want fans to make the responsible choice and designate a driver and keep everyone safe on the way home.”
– Ben Kennedy Racing Press Release
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