Ben Kennedy Leaves Bristol Motor Speedway with 15th-Place Finish

Ben Kennedy and the Local Motors team weathered rain and a green-white-checkered finish in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway and crossed the finish line in the 15th position. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to knockout qualifying with three elimination rounds at the famed half-mile race track. Kennedy advanced to the final round and earned the 11th starting position. Despite threatening weather throughout the afternoon in Bristol, Tennessee, the scheduled 200-lap race started on time, with teams completing 166 laps before rain fell on the facility. The Daytona Beach, Florida native reported that he was struggling with his drive off of the high-banked corners. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments during each of the two scheduled yellow-flag pit stops. Kennedy maintained a position within the top 15 throughout the first half of the event, and drove up to ninth when a brief shower halted the race. NASCAR officials worked to dry the track, and 45 minutes later NCWTS teams returned to green-flag competition. The yellow flag flew one final time on lap 195, setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Restarting in 11th, Kennedy was shuffled back to the 15th spot when the checkered flag was displayed.
 
Start - 11
Finish - 15
Driver Points Position - 10
Laps Led - 0
 
Ben Kennedy Quote:
"We had a really quick turnaround this week, getting home from Michigan on Saturday night and leaving for Bristol (Tennessee) on Tuesday morning. The No. 11 team brought another fast Local Motors Toyota Tundra to Bristol Motor Speedway. The guys worked really hard during Tuesday's practice and made a lot of changes, and it showed when we were back on track on Wednesday. We definitely had speed during the race, just lost a few positions on restarts and it was hard to gain them back on the long green-flag runs. It's a lot of fun racing here [at Bristol Motor Speedway] and we are bringing home a pretty clean No. 11 Toyota Tundra, which at Bristol is a good night."

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