Ross Kenseth

NXS_4C_PRT No. 20 Dollar General
Joe Gibbs Racing

A third-generation racer from Wisconsin, Kenseth grew up watching his dad, Matt, chase after the dream on the same short tracks his grandfather, Roy, did years before. Kenseth raced go-karts from age 5 to 12 before transitioning to Legend Cars. In 2007, Kenseth got behind the wheel of his first limited late model at Columbus (Wis.) 151 Speedway, the same track where his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion father started his career nearly 20 years earlier. Kenseth scored his first-career late model win in June of 2008 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. He then went on to record five late model victories that year, and five more in 2009, including the Big 8 Series championship. He also made his first start in a super late model at the prestigious Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla. From 2010 to 2013, Kenseth raced super late models throughout the Midwest and the Southeast, recording 35 victories in a variety of racing series. During this span, he collected the 2010 ASA Midwest Rookie of Year; the 2011 Red, White and Blue State Championship at Wisconsin International Raceway; and scored major victories in 2012 by winning the All-American 400 in Nashville, Tenn., the Winchester (Ind.) 400 and the Red Bud 300 in Anderson, Ind. Kenseth moved to Michigan in 2014 to help one of his sponsors start a super late model team. It was a tremendous learning experience for the 20-year old Kenseth, who was called upon to do virtually everything to keep the operation running throughout the season. Meanwhile, he began to get opportunities to make his first heavy car starts in the ARCA Racing Series. In August of 2013, Kenseth made his ARCA debut at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway. In his debut, he won the pole and led 51 laps before finishing sixth. In October of 2014, Kenseth made his first 1.5-mile track start at Kansas Speedway, and drove to an impressive third-place finish with an underfunded team that had never finished higher than ninth. His continued success caught the eye Coach Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, who, through support of sponsor Dollar General, gave Kenseth the opportunity to make his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start on June 20, 2015, at Chicagoland Speedway, where Kenseth finished an impressive sixth.

Career Highlights

  • Finished sixth after starting second in his NASCAR XFINITY debut in Chicago, June, 2015
  • Scored first ARCA Series win in only his third career start at Michigan in June (2015)
  • Sixth place finish at Lucama (2015)
  • Won 35 late model races between 2008 and 2014.
  • ARCA/CRA Super Series Runner-Up (2014)
  • Winchester 400 Champion(2012)
  • All American 400 Champion (2012)
  • Red, White, and Blue State Championship winner (2011)
  • Big 8 Late Model Series winner (2009)


Birth date is May 25, 1993… hometown is Little Chute, Wisconsin …third generation Kenseth, son of Matt and grandson to Roy Kenseth… began racing go-karts at age 5… enjoys golf and video games… has been part of a fantasy football league since 2006 with his dad… studied engineering at Clemson… helped start a late model team in Chicago…  personal website at

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News Features (6/23/2015) – Impressive XFINITY debut (6/21/2015) – Ross ends strong at XFINITY debut (6/12/2015) – Ross wins ARCA in Michigan (4/17/2015) – Ross debut at Chicagoland
Yahoo Sports (4/17/2015) – Ross start in NASCAR
Journal Sentinel (4/17/2015) – Q&A with Ross Kenseth
NBC Sports (4/17/2015) – Following in his father’s footsteps
NASCAR (4/15/2015) – Ross joins JGR team 
Post and Courier (9/19/2012) – Ross, a Clemson student and race car driver
Daily Journal (4/17/2015) – Help from dad
Motor Sports Unplugged (4/18/2012) – Ross pursues college and racing down south