Ross Kenseth making Truck debut at Martinsville

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Four months after making his national NASCAR touring series debut, Ross Kenseth will return, making his first start in the Camping World Truck Series.

The son of Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth will make his first Truck start at Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 200. It will be his first start the short track. Ross Kenseth will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 Aisin-AW Toyota Tundra
for Hattori Racing Enterprises, which is owned by Shigeaki Hattori.

Ross Kenseth“It feels great to get an opportunity to make my first Truck Series start,” said Kenseth in a team release. “Shige and I have tried to put something together for a long time and finally all of the pieces fell into place. I’m thankful to him for this opportunity and am looking forward to working hard to make our debut a successful one in a couple of weeks.”

The 22-year-old driver made his first NASCAR start in the June Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Driving the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing, Ross Kenseth qualified second and finished in sixth.

Hattori has only fielded an entry in a Truck race once before, with Brett Moffitt at Michigan in 2013.

“Ross has shown great promise in his young career and it is good that we were able to put this opportunity together for him to race with us at Martinsville,” said Hattori in the release. “I want to thank all of our partners, and especially Aisin-AW, for making this possible. We are a young team and I know everyone involved will be motivated to do well.”