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Manion Motorsports To Make K&N Pro Debut

Kennedy to Compete with New Team at Iowa Speedway
Team Release
July 18, 2017 - 11:36am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Kevin Manion Motorsports will make its NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut on July 28 at Iowa Speedway with the No. 1 Menards Toyota Camry. Ben Kennedy, a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, will pilot the entry in the annual combination race for the East and West divisions of the K&N Pro Series.

KMM is led by Kevin "Bono" Manion, a NASCAR championship-winning crew chief with wins in marquee races such as the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. As a part-time team owner in NASCAR's Whelen Modified divisions and various regional Modified series, Manion scored nine victories and 10 poles, fielding cars for the likes of Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson and Ryan Preece over a nine-year span, including victories at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.

"I'm happy to finally join the ranks of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series," said Manion. "It's a tremendous series, and our goal is to build something beyond a one-off race. We want to create an environment that teaches and develops young talent who have goals of competing at racing's highest levels."

Kennedy is a two-time race winner in the K&N Pro Series East, scoring victories at Florida's Five Flags Speedway and historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2013. He went on to score a career-best of fourth in the championship points in the K&N Pro Series East that year and is a NASCAR Next alum. The 25-year-old also earned a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series victory at France’s Tours Speedway in the series’ first NASCAR sanctioned oval event.

In addition to his touring success, the Daytona Beach, Florida, native has one win, four top-fives and 10 top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This year, Kennedy has joined the NASCAR XFINITY Series ranks and has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes in eight starts.

The move to the K&N Pro Series for Manion came with the support of Menards, a program partner of KMM since 2010.

"When talking with John Menard over the offseason about the Modified program, I mentioned my desire to step into the K&N Pro Series," continued Manion. "We felt Iowa would be a great spot to start, and Ben is a winning driver in the K&N East who Menards already supports in the Xfinity Series."