Matt Kenseth Returns To Race at The Milwaukee Mile
August 22-24 Governor's Cup Weekend Takes Shape
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (December 17, 2007) -- Wisconsin NASCAR superstar Matt Kenseth is racing at The Milwaukee Mile in a super late model on Sunday, August 24th, to defend his victory in the "Wisconsin All-Star 100 with Matt Kenseth" race, during the historic speedway's Governor's Cup weekend.
Last August, the Cambridge, Wis. native started eighth and proceeded to race to his first Milwaukee Mile checkered flag in a 50-lap super late model race promoted by RK Race Promotions, in conjunction with The Mile. Kenseth bested an all-star field of 36 drivers from Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.
Kenseth has raced in numerous NASCAR Busch Series and super late model events at America's Legendary Oval, with a best finish of second in 2001, before moving on to capture stock car racing's top prize, the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup championship. The popular NASCAR driver finished an impressive 4th in the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings, and has finished within the top-10 each year in the premier series' points dating back to 2002.
A challenge facing Kenseth when he returns to his roots is the fact the race has doubled in length to 100 miles, with what is expected to be a stellar field of upwards of fifty super late model racers from throughout the Midwest.
"Matt really enjoyed himself last year, and we're delighted for our fans that he's committed to racing again against some of the finest super late model drivers at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, August 24th," commented Milwaukee Mile Chairman Craig Stoehr. "We're building our Governor's Cup weekend by bringing together the top short track talent in the country while keeping it affordable for a family to spend the weekend watching four great divisions of stock car racing."
Once again, RK Race Promotions, operated by Roy Kenseth, Matt's father, is offering a special hospitality package, which includes a 400-level race day ticket and a private hospitality area that includes a question and answer session with Matt Kenseth on race day morning, Sunday, August 24th. For more details on this package, visit www.mattkenseth.com.
All "Wisconsin All-Star 100 with Matt Kenseth" on-track activities will take place on Sunday, August 24, with rules under the watchful eye of Roy Kenseth and run as an ASA Midwest Tour points event.
Furthering The Mile's efforts to bring together the best touring late model competitors, the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division returns for a third season, with a move to Sunday for a 150-mile contest. This series truly showcases the next stars of NASCAR, as the past three champions in this nationally-recognized series currently race in NASCAR Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series and in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Drivers from California to Florida compete in this ultra-competitive series that features extended lap events on America's finest short tracks. Robbie Pyle of Columbus, Ohio is the defending race winner at The Mile.
The Milwaukee Mile tradition continues of offering grass roots stock car racers the opportunity to shine in the Mid-American Stock Car Series, and the running of the Governor's Cup 40-lap race on Saturday, August 23rd. This series tours Midwestern short tracks and races with weekly competitors under the same, affordable rules package that you find at many Wisconsin paved short tracks. The Mid-American Stock Car Series enters its 16th season, with The Mile holding their crown jewel event. In 2007, Oak Creek, Wis. native Bobby Gutknecht scored the biggest win in his 25-year driving career.
New to The Mile's all-stock car Governor's Cup weekend is the ASA Late Model Series North Division 100-lap race on Saturday, August 23. The regional series draws of top talents from primarily the Midwest and Northeast. The series rules include a crate engine with specified body and chassis restrictions, placing an emphasis on driving talent and chassis handling. Established short track racers will be challenged by a talented cast of teenagers and up-and-coming drivers who will look to steal the headlines at The Mile, the largest track and the longest event the series will run this season.
Tickets are now available to the August 22-24 Governor's Cup weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. To explore money-saving Stock Car Package and Season Tickets, and individual ticket options available, contact The Milwaukee Mile ticket office by calling (414) 453-8277, or purchase online 24/7 at www.milwaukeemile.com.
For more information on the highly-anticipated return of Matt Kenseth racing on The Milwaukee Mile's Governor's Cup weekend, visit www.milwaukeemile.com.