ELKHART LAKE, Wis., August 16, 2019 – Former NASCAR Champion, Matt Kenseth, will serve as Grand Marshal of the NASCAR XFINITY CTECH Manufacturing 180. The green flag drops on August 24th at 2 p.m., central time, and will be broadcast on NBCSN.
Kenseth, from Cambridge, Wis., a two-time Daytona 500 champion, racked up 39 victories at 19 different tracks and took the top honor in 2003 as the last Winston Cup Series Champion. Kenseth also boasts an International Race of Champions (IROC) title in 2004, and qualified for the Playoffs in 13 of 14 seasons. Kenseth’s 39 Cup Series victories ranked 19th all-time entering 2018. He also recorded 20 pole positions, 181 top-five finishes and 327 top-10 finishes in 650 starts or more than 50 percent of his total Cup starts.
Kenseth has also collected 29 wins in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series with his last victory coming in the series’ at the season-finale event at Homestead in 2014. Kenseth has earned 139 top-five finishes, 202 top-ten finishes, and 17 poles in his 288 starts in the series. Kenseth is looking forward to being on hand for the all the festivities surrounding the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America.
Kenseth will sign autographs for fans at the CTECH Manufacturing Trailer near Victory Lane from 11:30 a.m. to Noon. He will then wave the green flag at 2 p.m., to start the race.
“The only bad thing about it is I have to realize I am old enough to be a Grand Marshal,” Kenseth said with a laugh. “Seriously though, it is a big honor to be the Grand Marshal of such a big race. It is also close to my home. It is very nice to be honored with this and I am glad CTECH Manufacturing selected me for this year’s event, this means a tremendous amount to me.”
Everything for the NASCAR XFINITY Series CTECH Manufacturing 180, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Menards, SCCA Pro Trans Am and F3 America’s Championship weekend begins on Thursday, August 22, with test sessions and practice sessions for Trans Am and F3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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