Matt vs. Ross Kenseth Aug. 29 at Madison Speedway

NASCAR has had its share of father and son drivers over the years. The Pettys, the Jarretts, the Allisons, the Bakers and, of course, the Earnhardts. In the not-too-distant future, we may be able to add another name to that list, the Kenseths.

2009 Daytona 500 champion and Cambridge, Wis., native Matt Kenseth is keeping a close eye on his 16-year-old son, Ross Kenseth. The younger Kenseth is competing in, and often winning, races in Wisconsin and Illinois. When it comes to following in his father’s footsteps, it appears Ross is well on his way. The only thing holding him back may be his age. He’s not eligible to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series until he turns 18.

Never before have the two had the opportunity to race against one another. That’s all about to change. Saturday, Aug. 29, both Matt and Ross will take to the track at the Madison International Speedway. It will be the first time ever the two will race head-to-head against one another. The father vs. son race will be part of the weekly line-up at MIS.

“I am looking forward to racing against Ross and racing in a limited late model,” the elder Kenseth said. “I never have competed in one at Madison. I have watched many limited late model races since Ross has started, and they are very competitive. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

VIP packages are on sale for this historic event. They are $75 each and include access to the VIP tent, complimentary snacks and beverages, grandstand seating, a pit pass, and a 1:24 scale autographed Matt Kenseth DeWalt Action Gold Series Die-Cast Car, a $59 value. Fans who purchase the $75 VIP package will also get to meet former Green Bay Packers Gilbert Brown and William Henderson.

General admission race day tickets are $15 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 6-11, and 5 and younger are free. Pit passes, which include general grandstand admission, are $30.

Pit gates will open that day at 10 a.m. with practice starting at noon. Qualifying will begin at 4 p.m. with the first race under way at 7 p.m.

To reserve your VIP package or general admission tickets, call (608) 209-1188.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the Aug 12-18, 2009 issue

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