Mooresville, NC (January 23rd, 2012)
2011 was a breakout year for the 20-year-old El Reno, Oklahoma native who became the first female to win a CRA Super Series event when she took the No.39 MelMark Pipe & Supply team to victory lane at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN).
After her impressive 2011 season, Ruston is set to kick off her 2012 season this weekend at Speedfest 2012, a 200-lap Super Late Model Event at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, GA.
“We had an incredible 2011 season, our team proved to be a contender each race and that gives us a ton of confidence going into the 2012 season. I’ve never been to Cordele before but I’m excited to get back behind the wheel and continue to build on last season.”
The off season has been a busy one for Ruston, as the team made the decision to form Kenzie Ruston Racing. Typically, with moving teams comes personnel changes. However Ruston was determined to bring her crew chief, Nick Easton, over to the newly formed Kenzie Ruston Racing to continue his key role for the talented female stock car driver in the 2012 season.
“I’m very excited to be working with Nick again this season. He is one of the smartest crew chiefs in the business and a key element to our future success. I believe with Nick as the leader of this team we can accomplish our goals for this season.”
KRR didn’t stop with securing one of the top crew chiefs in the business. They also hired veteran spotter and late model champion Mike Herman Jr. to serve as spotter and driver coach for the entire 2012 season. Also adding to the mix for the season is well respected tire specialist, Wesley Weed.
“We aimed to build a dream team this year and I feel like that’s what we assembled. Herman and Weed bring an extensive background of success with them to our team. These guys are just as excited as I am about the season and that gives me a ton of confidence.”
With the field of pre-entries including some of the best Super Late Model drivers from across the county, NASCAR stars, and short track champions, Speedfest 2012 is quickly setting up to be one of the toughest races of Ruston’s career.
Ruston’s weekend will kick off on Friday, January 27th with a full day of practice. Saturday’s activities will include qualifying for the Sunday feature event.
For more information on Kenzie Ruston check out her website at GoKenzie.com or follow her on twitter @KenzieRuston