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Ross Kenseth engaged to Amber Odom


There will soon be an addition to Matt Kenseth’s family. On Wednesday, Amber Odom took to Twitter to announce her engagement to Matt Kenseth‘s son Ross.

The announcement was short and sweet.

“We’re engaged,” Odom tweeted followed by emoticons for a wedding ring, a palm tree depicting the Bahamas location of the engagement, and a smiley face with heart shaped eyes.

Social media has completely redefined the way fans interact with their favorite drivers these days, so it comes as no surprise that this was the vehicle for their announcement.

Ross Kenseth was a little more effusive, tweeting, “Thanks for all the kind words, really excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend,” as well as individual notes to well-wishers.

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Kyle Busch roars to Xfinity win at PIR; Buescher still No. 1 in points


Kyle Busch dominated, leading 190 of 200 laps, to win Saturday’s DAV 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

It was Busch’s 76th career win and sixth of the season in 14 starts. It also was his eighth career win at the 1-mile track, marking his most series wins at a track with Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon.



Points leader Chris Buescher struggled to a 13th-place finish, finishing one lap down.

Buescher leads defending series champion Chase Elliott by 18 points heading into next weekend’s season finale in Miami. Ty Dillon is 22 points back, while Regan Smith is 24 points back in fourth place in the standings. Buescher clinches the title by finishing 13th or better next week.

HOW BUSCH WON: Basically, it boiled down to Busch turning the ignition on. It was all downhill from there, as Busch dominated. He was never threatened, didn’t have to worry about running out of fuel, and simply enjoyed a leisurely and comfortable drive in the desert.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott and Regan Smith all had strong runs and came home with finishes of fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. In so doing, they all closed in on points leader Chris Buescher. … Erik Jones, who all but clinched the Truck Series championship Friday night, finished third. Jones will complete the weekend triple, racing Sunday in place of the suspended Matt Kenseth.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Dylan Kwasniewski wrecked hard on Lap 57, finishing 34th. … Jeremy Clements also wrecked hard on Lap 112. He managed to get his car repaired quickly in the garage, but finished 30th, 14 laps behind the leaders. … Ruben Pardo, who won the season-opening race of the NASCAR Mexico Series at Phoenix, finished 38th.

NOTABLE: Even though he’s just 18 points ahead of Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher referenced the world championship.  “In the grand scheme of things, it was a decent day. We’re going to Homestead comfortable. I can finally use the word. We can go there and race, stay out of trouble and should be in good shape. … We’re not done yet.” … Ross Kenseth, in his second career Xfinity Series race, struggled to a 33rd-place finish, 51 laps off the lead lap.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “18 (points) is really not much. It’s just 18 spots. That’s one mistake left or right, up or down, getting in the gas too soon and slapping the wall with the right rear and having an issue, just so many things can happen. I could sit here and name an endless amount. A lot of things can happen. We need to have a solid week and hope for the best.” – Chase Elliott, second in the standings to Chris Buescher by 18 points.

NEXT: The season-ending Ford 300, Nov. 21, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Report: Ross Kenseth to make second Xfinity start at Phoenix

2 Comments first reported that Ross Kenseth, son of Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth, will make his second career Xfinity Series start next weekended at Phoenix International Raceway.

Ross Kenseth, 22, will start in the DAV Honoring America’s Veterans 200 for Hattori Racing Enterprises, the same team he made his Camping World Truck Series debut with last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

“I’m really excited and thankful for the opportunity Shige Hattori has given me again,” Kenseth told “I feel like having the experience from Martinsville will help a lot, we didn’t really get the finish we deserved but that’s Martinsville. Pat Tyson (crew chief) and Bobby Burrell have put a lot of time and effort into this program going into Phoenix, so hopefully we can come out of there with a solid run.”

Kenseth finished 17th after starting 25th at the short track. He made his Xfinity Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway in June and finished sixth driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Toyota, which his dad drove at times this year.

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.”