Ben Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder, lands Truck ride

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A young driver with a historic pedigree is set to take to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series grid next season.

21-year-old Ben Kennedy – the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. – will drive the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet that used to belong to former CWTS champ James Buescher, who has moved up to the Nationwide Series with RAB Racing.

Kennedy competed in five CWTS races this past year (best finish of fourth at Martinsville) and was a full-time driver in the K&N Pro Series East, one of NASCAR’s top regional leagues. In 2013, Kennedy netted two K&N East wins (Winston-Salem and Pensacola) en route to a fourth-place finish in the series championship and also earned the series’ Most Popular Driver award.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be in Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 31 truck for 2014 and to be able to work alongside [crew chief] Michael Shelton and a very talented crew,” Kennedy said in a team release. “It will be a great year and I hope to really learn a lot in the series and compete for wins and Rookie of the Year.

“It’s going to be a blast to work with such great people; I can’t thank everyone I’ve worked with in the past enough for getting me to this point in my career. A big ‘thank you’ to all my fans for always sticking behind me.”

In addition to his racing work, Kennedy is pursuing a sports management degree as a student at the University of Florida.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.