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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (November 27, 2019) – Thomas Kennedy is headed south this weekend to compete in the ASCS Southwest Region Copper Classic at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. However, it won’t be behind the wheel of his familiar Buffalo Wild Wings No. 21K. Instead, Kennedy will be driving for local car owner Alan Verville.
“I’ve paid attention to Thomas’ career for years ever since his dad (Lou) came down to Arizona years ago,” said Verville. “We were looking for a driver and I was actually watching a Knoxville race on TV and Thomas was racing in it. I thought, ‘Hey, that’s who I need to call,’ so I jumped on Twitter and messaged him and away we went.”
Kennedy will be the fifth driver to wheel Verville’s Shaver-powered Maxim this year. Verville Racing was last in action at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz. on November 9th with the ASCS Southwest Region. John Carney II was behind the wheel and he led all 25 laps en route to the win.
The win was one of three Verville Racing has collected this season in only nine starts.
“We’re happy and excited that Thomas will be racing for us this weekend. We can’t wait to get going.”
Kennedy is confident he and Verville can be a winning combination.
“Every night, we’re looking to get a win or a top-three at the least. It’s been proven that Verville’s equipment can not only run up front, but win races so I’m excited to see what we can do together this weekend,” he said.
This weekend will wrap up Kennedy’s 2019 season. His season was bookended by career highlighting achievements, including a pair of ASCS National Tour wins in April, followed by a Midwest Power Series championship in September.
“Our season overall was decent. We were pretty consistent. I wish we had more wins, but that’s like any other driver. Looking back, we should have had more wins between a couple of driver errors and just general racing incidents. In my 21 years of racing between go-karts and sprint cars, I got my first-ever points championship,” said Kennedy of his Midwest Power Series title. That was pretty cool to check off the bucket list. The two back-to-back ASCS National tour wins we got was a great way to start off the year. We went on a little bit of a drought, but picked up another two wins to cap off the season in the upper Midwest.”
The Copper Classic kicks off on Saturday, November 30th and concludes Sunday, December 1st. Both shows can be seen on SpeedShiftTV.com.