Nascar heir Ben Kennedy rising star on race track - FOX 35 News Orlando

Nascar heir Ben Kennedy rising star on race track

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Ben Kennedy is a rising star on the race track with deep roots in the sport. Kennedy's family created America's popular motor sport: Nascar.

"The competition, the adrenaline you get, all the people around, everything that goes into it, it's really a unique sport," Kennedy said. "And having something that is part of my family is cool, and special to me."

Nascar's founder Bill France, Sr., is Kennedy's great-grandfather. But that rich pedigree alone wasn't enough to draw the Daytona Beach native into stock car racing.
 
"As the years progressed, I didn't really want to get into racing stuff, and then I tried out a little quarter midget track," Kennedy recalls. "After three or four years, I just started really having a blast with it."

Now, the 21-year old is trying to make a career out of it. He finished 13th in the K&N Pro East Series this year, a sort of minor league division for Nascar. But the young racer with deep racing roots is anxious to move up to Nascar's next level ... The Craftsmen Truck Series.

Kennedy is not only a race car driver but he's a full-time student at the University of Florida.

"Every time we're traveling, it's an 8-hour car drive and I'm studying the whole time, I tried to make sure my homework is out of the way and focus 110 percent on racing, and making sure the car is perfect," he told Fox 35.

On the track, Kennedy is a well-respected race car driver, with big dreams, and a big Nascar family history. But he knows none of that guarantees him the job he's dreamed of - racing in front of millions on Sunday.

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