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Matt Kenseth adds to Super Late Model schedule

The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion ain’t done after all …

Nigel Kinrade | NKP

Matt Kenseth’s one-off Super Late Model victory last week in the Slinger Nationals wasn’t a one-off after all.

Following his triumph in the prestigious race at Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin, the 2003 NASCAR Cup Series champion told reporters that “that might be my only race for year because I’m currently batting 1.000 for the year.”

Plot twist!

Kenseth will race at his home track, Madison International Speedway on Friday, August 16, to compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour Howie Lettow Classic 100.

The 47-year-old captured the track’s Super Late Model championship in 1994 and will return to compete against the stars and cars of the Upper Midwest’s signature touring series. He will drive the same No. 8 Pathfinder Chassis that he piloted to victory lane in the Slinger Nationals.

This will mark the first appearance by Kenseth at his home track since winning a 100-lap weekly feature in 2014, his 27th victory at the high-banked half-mile.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the track at Madison,” Kenseth said in a Midwest Tour press release. “It’s my home track. I have a lot of great memories there and I’m hoping to make some more. I will never forget the first time my dad brought me there to watch a Super Late Model race.

“It was the biggest, fastest track I had been to at the time and I was in awe when I heard and saw the Super Lates flying around there. To this day I get excited thinking about the races I have watched and the races that I have won there. There’s nothing like going home.”

Casey Johnson currently leads the Midwest Tour championship by 12 over Austin Nason. The Tour also features John DeAngelis, Paul Shafer, Rich Bickle Jr. and occasional one-off appearances by the likes of Carson Kvapil and Ty Majeski.

 A VIP Meet and Greet Party will take place that Friday to allow fans the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with Kenseth. The VIP Experience will include a custom ticket good for the VIP area and general admission seating, water and soft drinks as well as autograph and photo opportunities.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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