KENSETH HOPING FOR A REPEAT WIN IN THE ASAMT JOE SHEAR CLASSIC
Season Opener Just Around The Corner At Madison International Speedway
By Kari Shear-Carlson
April 25, 2012
- Fresh off his win in the PASS South series last weekend, Ross Kenseth is looking forward to the American Speed Association® Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings 4th Annual Joe Shear Classic on May 6th, 2012 at Madison International Speedway. He won the event in 2011 and hopes to do the same in 2012.
In 2012, Kenseth will run a schedule that includes a variety of series and a wide range of tracks. The Joe Shear Classic fit into his schedule and he really likes running at the track. “One of the things I really like about MIS is the way you can set guys up and work through traffic if you have a good car. You can race clean and hard, which I think puts on a good show for the fans,” he noted.
In late 2011, Kenseth’s operation moved to Mooresville, NC. With the change came a new crew chief, Jamie Rouleau. Most notably Rouleau took Ryan Blaney and his team to a PASS South championship and recently teamed up with Kenseth. Ross has complete confidence that Jamie will be able to get the job done in the ASA Midwest Tour.
“Jamie is a smart guy and has worked with a lot of guys. He’s seen a lot of race tracks so I think we have a pretty good baseline for the weekend. Hopefully we can compete for a win like last year,” said Kenseth.
While he never had the opportunity to watch Joe Shear race, “I have heard a lot of great stories and having the Joe Shear Classic at Madison makes it even better to say that I’ve won the event,” he said.
In 2011, Ross started on the pole but lost the lead until just prior to the 100 lap break. He took it back and held on until the break. After the 10-minute break, Kenseth was able to maintain his lead during the final 36 lap shoot out and take home the win.
According to Kenseth, the key to his win last year was not messing the car up during the 10-minute break. “I knew from lap one that we had a car that could win and we showed it,” he said. “If we can get the car to rotate in the middle like it did last year and if the car is anything like it was,” he added, “it is going to be a lot of fun.”
Ross is proud to have the return of Blain’s Farm & Fleet as a sponsor for the 2012 season and would also like to thank Valvoline, Pathfinder Chassis, and SSI Decals for their sponsorship.
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