Kenzie Ruston is a force to be reckoned with. At just 22 years old, she has already been on the track for eight years and has been named the first female to achieve at least seven major milestones, including: Highest Finishing Female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series History (Third at Greenville-Pickens) for 2013, First Female to Win a Legends Car National Championship, First Female to Lead Laps and Finish Top 10 in ARCA Debut, and First Female Honored as Speed51.com Most Popular Driver.
After becoming the highest finishing female in the history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2013, she was named a member of the NASCAR NEXT program. This season, she will compete for Ben Kennedy Racing, driving the No. 96 Chevrolet. She’s shooting not just for victories but the coveted 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship.
I had the honor of sitting down with Kenzie for a little one-on-one race talk.
You’ve already achieved so much within the sport of racing. What are some of your future goals?
I just want to be successful in everything I get myself into and I want to run up front. I never want to be mediocre.
That’s a pretty solid goal. It’s probably difficult to pinpoint only one thing, but what is your favorite part about racing?
I love fan interaction. I want to be a role model. When I get the chance to interact and sign autographs, I really look forward to it. It’s cool when kids are excited to meet you.
OK, everyone has one. What is your most embarrassing moment at the racetrack?
I guess I would have to say when I won at Lucas Oil Raceway and I went to do a celebratory burnout. A lap car came around three laps down while everyone else was in the pits, and we collided. I will never do another burnout (laughing). I looked back in the mirror and thought I was clear, but he was hauling butt. I hit him right in the door.
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