On Tuesday, June 12th, Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth is set to square off in the ASA Midwest Tour Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile. Kenseth, who earned his second DAYTONA 500 victory earlier this season, will also face-off against his son, Ross. Tuesday’s race will mark the third time that the Kenseth father-son pair has raced against each other; the last time the two competed against each other was the 2010 Slinger Nationals event.
The Kenseth family is in its third generation of racers who all started racing in Wisconsin. Matt began his racing career at the age of 16 and started out in the Wisconsin late model ranks before he took the NASCAR world by storm earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2000, a Cup Championship in 2003 and earning two DAYTONA 500 Championships in 2009 and 2012. Ross has followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps showcasing his talent behind the wheel as well as he looks to hone his racing skills while also attending Clemson University. Ross earned nine wins in 2011 and has already claimed a victory in 2012 when he won the Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. back in April.
“I think it's going to be the biggest short track race in years up in Wisconsin,” said Matt. “It will be a pretty cool race and a really big event. I’m excited to go race in the event this year, but it really all came together after we had an extra car in the shop, and I just decided that it would be fun to set it up and race it a few times this summer.”
When asked about how it will be to race against his son again, Matt said, “Of course I want him to do well and I always hope that he’ll out race me, but I don’t race him any differently than anyone else. Ross has been doing well with his racing career. He had a lot going on catching up from this winter and us moving our shop down to North Carolina, but he’s been working hard and has already won a race this year.”
As of June 7, there were 80 entries for The Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 listed on the ASA Midwest Tour’s website. The Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 will feature the cars and stars of the ASA Midwest Tour along with several special guests including the Kenseths as well as 1989 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Rusty Wallace, David Stremme, Tony Raines, David Ragan, and several others.
Teams will have on-track time on Monday, June 11 as well as Tuesday before qualifying and the race later that day. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets to the race, please visit www.asamidwesttour.com.