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That string better start soon. Gordon felt like he had a good car at MIS in June, but his starting position made it harder to avoid trouble.

“I feel like we’ve learned some things recently that will really help our performance in qualifying as well as the race,” Gordon said. “I was pretty happy with my car when the race started here in June. Hopefully, we have a strong car again.”


KENSETH‘S KID: Ross Kenseth, the 20-year-old son of Matt Kenseth, is hoping to make his first start on the ARCA Racing Series on Aug. 25 at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway.

That’s just 100 miles from his hometown of Little Chute.

“Making my first ARCA start at Madison means a lot to me,” Kenseth said. “It’s a great opportunity to get in a Ken Schrader Racing car. They always have good stuff, especially at short tracks.”

This will be Ross Kenseth’s first start in a heavy stock car similar to those used in NASCAR’s top series, but he’s already won at Madison International Speedway’s half-mile paved oval five times in various series during his young career. Matt Kenseth was the 1994 track champion, and Ross’ grandfather, Roy Kenseth, has promoted races at the facility.

“There isn’t a greater place for Ross to get his first ARCA start than Madison,” Matt Kenseth said. “That track has meant a lot to us through the years. We both have enjoyed some great times and have won some big races there. I really appreciate one of my racing heroes, Ken Schrader, giving Ross a chance and his first start in the ARCA series.”


HONORING LEFFLER: The late Jason Leffler will be honored with a race in his name at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois later this month.

Leffler died in June in a dirt track accident in New Jersey. He was a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a one-time winner in the Truck Series.

The Jason Leffler Memorial race will take place Aug. 28. It will be a $5,000 to win Midget race, in which 100 percent of the front entrance and 50 percent of the back entrance will go to a fund set up for Leffler’s son, Charlie Dean Leffler.

“This race is my way to honor Jason who was a great racer, but more importantly a great father to Charlie Dean,” track owner Doug Stringer said. “Jason’s passing has left a hole in the hearts of many of us who loved him and had the honor of calling him our friend. As we continue to mourn, we must keep Charlie Dean in the forefront of our minds and do everything we can to ensure he grows up knowing what an amazing person his father was and how much he was respected as both a driver and a friend.”

Stringer’s company, Stringer Holdings, manages the NASCAR and World of Outlaws race sponsorships for Great Clips.