Ben Kennedy Collected in Late-Race Incident Michigan

Ben Kennedy Collected in Late-Race Incident Michigan Getty Images
Involved in a multi-truck incident on lap 82, Ben Kennedy and the No. 11 Local Motors team were relegated to a 25th-place finish in the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The Daytona Beach, Florida native advanced to the final round of the single-truck run qualifying session and earned the fourth starting position on Saturday morning. After the green flag flew, Kennedy remained in the top 10 but a sudden loss of power in the No. 11 Tundra caused him to fall back in the running order. He was able to restart the black and white truck while the field remained under green-flag conditions. He drove from the 20th position up to 18th before coming to pit road under caution on lap 27. The No. 11 pit crew changed the four Goodyear tires, added fuel and made a track bar adjustment before sending him back out to restart from the 12th position. Kennedy reported that a tight-handling condition had continued and crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for an additional wedge adjustment during a four-tire, green-flag pit stop on lap 64, and a myriad of chassis and air pressure adjustments on lap 72 while under caution. Working to climb back into the top 15, Kennedy was collected in a Turn 4 incident on lap 82, ending his day early. The No. 11 Local Motors team was scored with a 25th-place result.
 
Start - 4
Finish - 25
Driver Points Position - 10
Laps Led - 0
 
Ben Kennedy Quote:
"We had a fast Local Motors Toyota Tundra again this weekend, it just got really aero-tight after the start of the race [at Michigan International Speedway]. The guys worked hard to make adjustments during pit stops and unfortunately we got caught up in an accident there in the end. Just a frustrating end to the day. We'll turn around quick and head to Bristol (Motor Speedway) early next week."

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