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Matt Kenseth entered in August Super Late Model race in Wisconsin

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After his dramatic last-lap pass of Ty Majeski to win the Slinger Nationals last week, Matt Kenseth said he “might just call it a season, one-for-one.”

On second thought, Kenseth will have another race, please.

The 2003 Cup champion is entered in an Aug. 16 Super Late Model race at his home track of Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

Kenseth is set to compete in the Howie Lettow Classic 100 and will race for a $5,000 prize. It will be the 1994 track champion’s first race at Madison since 2014 when he won his 27th event on the half-mile track.

Kenseth will drive the same No. 8 car he won the Slinger Nationals with.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the track at Madison,” Kenseth said in a press release. “I have a lot of great memories there, and I’m hoping to make some more. I will never forget the first time my dad brought me there to watch a Super Late Model race. It was the biggest, fastest track I had been to at the time and I was in awe when I heard and saw the Super Lates flying around there. To this day I get excited thinking about the races I have watched and the races that I have won there. There’s nothing like going home.”

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Matt Kenseth wins Slinger Nationals on last lap

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Matt Kenseth won his record eighth Slinger Nationals on Tuesday night, passing Ty Majeski on the final lap. It was the only lap Kenseth led.

The victory came in Kenseth’s first race since last year’s Cup finale in Miami.

Kenseth and Majeski dueled in the final laps. Majeski brushed the wall on the backstretch on the last lap. Kenseth was underneath Majeski on the final corner and drifted up to pass Majeski for the win.

“Exactly what I’d have done,” Majeski told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Kenseth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It’s short-track racing.

Daniel Hemric finished ninth. Johnny Sauter placed 23rd.

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Daniel Hemric to compete in Slinger Nationals

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Cup Series rookie Daniel Hemric will return to his racing roots to compete in the July 9 Slinger Nationals, Slinger Super Speedway announced Wednesday.

The Richard Childress Racing driver will make his debut in the super late model race, which is held on the 1/4-mile track in Slinger, Wisconsin. This year’s race is the 40th edition of the event.

Hemric is a former champion in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Blizzard Series and Southern Super Series.

“Slinger is one of the best short tracks in the country — a place I’ve wanted to race at for many years,” Hemric said in a press release. “The Nationals is one of the top events and has been won by some of the best drivers in racing.”

Hemric won’t be the only NASCAR driver competing in the race. He will join Wisconsin natives Matt Kenseth and Johnny Sauter in the field. Former Xfinity Series driver and Wisconsin native Ty Majeski is also entered.

Hemric will drive a super late model for Wimmer Motorsports.

“I’ve never raced late models in the state of Wisconsin, and I know they have a rich racing history there,” Hemric said. “I’m looking forward to going toe-to-toe with some of those guys at the Nationals this year.”

The race will be held the Tuesday between Cup races at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.

The list of NASCAR drivers who have won the Slinger Nationals includes Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Dick Trickle (four wins), Kyle Busch and Kenseth, who has won the race seven times. He last won the event in 2016.

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Christopher Bell wins USAC race in Oklahoma; Ty Majeski wins Slinger Nationals

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Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell won his 22nd USAC National Midget race Tuesday night in a 30-lap feature at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma.

Bell, a native of Norman, Oklahoma, won for Keith Kunz, giving him his 100th victory as an owner in the series. It was Bell’s first race at the track despite having grown up roughly 60 minutes southwest of the facility.

“It’s just really cool to see how many people were here,” Bell told USACracing.com.  “USAC hasn’t been here for a long time.  Honestly, Oklahoma’s dying for professional motorsports, so it’s nice for USAC to be able to come in here.”

In the series’ first race in Oklahoma since 1975, Bell moved into 25th on the all-time wins list, tying Bobby East and Shorty Templeman.

Meanwhile, fellow Xfinity Series driver Ty Majeski claimed victory in the 39th Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, Wisconsin.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver started 12th and beat Dennis Prunty by 2.8 seconds.

Majeski is a native of Seymour, Wisconsin.

“This one’s up there just because it’s home,” Majeski said according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s our turf.

“These guys come from the South, and we’re able to defend our turf. Obviously it feels good to go down south and beat those guys down on their turf too. But to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best all around the country.”

Erik Jones, who won his first Cup race last weekend at Daytona, left the race after 66 laps due to engine failure.

Bell and Majeski will return to NASCAR action this Friday at Kentucky Speedway (8 p.m ET on NBCSN). Jones will compete in Saturday’s Cup race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Matt Kenseth wins seventh Slinger Nationals title

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Matt Kenseth knocked Erik Jones out of the way on the final restart to win his seventh Slinger Nationals title Tuesday night at Slinger Speedway.

“My move wasn’t a very good one,” Kenseth told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It was definitely uncalled for. I hit him way too hard. I didn’t want to make any contact to start with, but I felt like he moved me three or four times before that. I felt like that was probably going to be the etiquette. It was definitely way too extreme, way too hard. I was just trying to move him up off the bottom a little bit and overshot it a bit.”

Jones finished second.

Jones had a final shot at Kenseth when caution came out before the white flag, creating a two-lap shootout. Jones got underneath Kenseth in Turn 2 to take the lead before they made contact on the final lap.

“We raced into 1 and 2, I moved him up … and after that … we just about got dumped in 1 and 2 — I don’t know what that’s all about — the next time by,” Jones told the Journal Sentinel.

“That’s not really short-track racing in my book. We were the best cars here, with Matt, and I thought we were a little better, but it got away at the end.”

The newspaper reported that the two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers talked afterward.

Race results here.