Rising NASCAR Star Returns To Madhouse

Kenzie Ruston

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Star, Kenzie Ruston will return to the Madhouse on Saturday night for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 with a new spring in her step and a new sponsor. Bibs Downtown, who has supported the dreams of many rising athletes as well as the efforts of those who tell the stories of these talents, has partnered with the lone female member of the NASCAR Next 2014-15 class for what is sure to be one of the most talked about races at the famed 1/4-mile. will be welcoming Ruston to our Sports Talk stage at the Bestern BBQ restaurant in the triad this Thursday, May 29, but before the show we are giving our readers a sneak preview of a driver who is sure to keep heads turning within the world of motorsports.

Who is Kenzie Ruston?
22-year-old Ruston was born in El Reno, Oklahoma and began her racing career competing in bandoleros at the age of 14. Influenced by her step-grandfather, who competed on dirt tracks throughout Oklahoma until the age of 76, Ruston has continued to have an addictive never say die spirit that she has displayed both on and off the track. After growing her competitive nature in a variety of sports, Ruston decided that there was nothing like sliding behind the wheel of a racecar.

“Although it feels like it has been forever, I will never forget leading my first few laps in a Young Lions bandolero race against six or seven other young male drivers,” said Ruston. “Although I spun out with three or four laps to go I was so excited to race.”

The best part of this story, her first race was on a large NASCAR stage at Texas Motor Speedway.

This was only the start of a truly successful career. At 16, Ruston moved to the Legends Car Series at Texas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. By the age of 19, Ruston moved up to competing in full bodied stock cars in the Pro All Star Racing Series (PASS) Southern Division where she not only earned the respect of her fellow male competitors, but ended the season 12th in point standings although missing two races due to engine failure.

As she continued to climb the ladder, Ruston made her first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bristol Motor Speedway at the age of 21 and never looked back. After becoming the highest finishing female in the history of the series in only her first year of competition, Ruston was asked to fill the vacant seat of well known star and last season’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 winner, Ben Kennedy this year.

Thoughts About The Madhouse…
“The atmosphere is totally different at this track,” said Ruston. “It is really cool to have the opportunity to run in front of so many excited fans at such a competitive track that truly gives each driver the chance to prove their individual talent no matter the car they are driving. Having the opportunity to compete with the talented team and in the car that won here last year is an added bonus.”

Although Ruston continues to have a hard time choosing between her ideal track, she feels more at home at tracks like Bowman Gray Stadium. “Even though our cars feel a little big for this track it really levels out the playing field,” said Ruston.

Thoughts about competing for Ben Kennedy Racing & Bibs Downtown this Saturday…
“I am honored that Ben and his family have given me the opportunity to join their close knit team this year and I hope to make them proud this weekend. I also think it is awesome that Bibs Downtown is supporting girl power by supporting athletes like me,” said Ruston. “Taking Bib’s Downtown to Victory Lane in the K&N Series would be great!”

Rising star in a male dominated sport…
Although Ruston has continued to prove that she can compete with the big boys, she admits that there continues to be a very relevant challenge in being a female in the field of motorsports. “Although there is a definite bright side to the publicity of being a female in this sport, I feel like I get raced different than when some of these boys are battling each other,” said Ruston. welcomes this rising star to the Triad and we look forward to joining her live this Thursday as she appears live from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tune into at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about this rising NASCAR star.