ABOUT KENZIE RUSTON
Kenzie Ruston an Oklahoma native started racing in Bandolero cars at the age of 14. It only took a few races before she would capture her first win and after that she was even more determined to become a racing star. Kenzie raced the majority of her races the first year at Texas Motor Speedway finishing 2nd in points in her rookie season. At the age of 15 she continued to race in the bandolero series and was crowned the Champion at TMS for the Spring Nationals in the Bandolero Young Guns in route to finishing 4th in national points.
After turning 16, Kenzie moved up to the ultra competitive Legends car series, racing in the Semi Pro and Young Lions Divisions. She raced in the winter series at TMS in the Young Lions Division and placed 3rd in points. She raced in two summer series, the Summer Stampede at TMS finishing 2nd in points and the Summer Shootout at LMS in Charlotte, NC finishing in the top 10 in points.
2009 was a big year for Kenzie as she won the TMS Winter Series, Summer Stampede and Series Championship. She went on to win 7 Championships in 2009 becoming the first female to win the US Legends Car Asphalt National Championship. She was also voted Driver of the Year at TMS.
In 2010, Kenzie moved up to drive full bodied racecars in the Super Late Model Series. She competed in the Pro All Star Racing Series (PASS) Southern Division where she racked up multiple top 10 finishes and earned the much treasured respect of her fellow competitors. In just her first full season of full bodied stock cars Kenzie finished 12th in final point standings after missing 2 races due to engine failure.
2011 brought on an all new challenge for Kenzie and she proved that no task was too large for the small town girl as she competed in some of the biggest races of her career. Along with competing in over 20 Super Late Model races during 2011, Kenzie also competed in 4 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events. In her first ARCA Racing Series start, Kenzie made history by becoming the first female to lead laps and finish inside the top 10 in her ARCA debut. Kenzie continued to turn heads during her remaining 3 ARCA starts.
In October of 2011, Kenzie made her mark on the sport of auto racing by becoming the first female to win in a Champions Racing Association (CRA) event which took place at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN. She also was the fast qualifier for that particular event which put her name in the record books as the first female to ever qualify first for a CRA event. With this victory Kenzie proved that she is here to stay and is set to climb the racing ladder in the years to come.
In 2012, Kenzie embarked on an all new challenge as she set her sights on competing for the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship. After a strong season of multiple top-5 finishes, Ruston would finish 2nd in final points standings.
In 2013, Kenzie turned her attention to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series where she became the highest finishing female in the history of the series with her 3rd place finish at Greenville Pickens Speedway. She went on to be named a member of the elite NASCAR NEXT program in route to a 6th place finish in the season standings.
In 2014, Kenzie Ruston will compete for Ben Kennedy Racing under the direction of Team Principal Ben Kennedy. Kenzie Ruston’s solid 2013 performance led to her selection to fill the vacated seat in the #96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet. Kenzie will have veteran crew chief Mike Fritts calling the shots for her this season. Kenzie is focused on winning the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship.
On August 1, 2014, Kenzie beat her previous record of 3rd, with her 2nd place finish at Iowa Speedway. Ruston finished second by .338 seconds, one of the closest finishes in the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Seasons.
- Highest Finishing Female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series Points in History (6th-2013)
- Highest Finishing Female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series History (2nd at Iowa Speedway, August 1, 2014)
- First Female To Win a Legends Car National Championship
- First Female To Lead Laps and Finish Top 10 In ARCA Debut
- First Female To Win ARCA/CRA Super Series Feature
- First Female To Recieve Fast Qualifier Award For ARCA/CRA Event
- First Female Honored as Speed51.com Most Popular Driver