SLINGER, Wis. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, who has won more Slinger Nationals championships than any other driver, will return to compete in the 37th annual event on July 19.
Kenseth, after skipping last year’s Nationals, said he can’t wait to return.
“It’s always fun to get back to the Slinger Nationals,” said Kenseth. “It’s been the biggest short-track race in Wisconsin for a long time and one of the most well known in the country.”
The Cambridge, Wis., native, who began racing super late models at Slinger Super Speedway in 1990, has won the prestigious Slinger Nationals an unprecedented six times.
“I can remember watching races there when I was a kid, and how cool it was to have the big names in NASCAR come race that event,” said Kenseth. “It’s a unique short track — only a quarter-mile, but really high banks. You have to drive hard all of the time. I’m looking forward to getting back to Wisconsin and racing with those guys.”
Defending Slinger Nationals champion Dennis Prunty won more than $16,000 in purse and lap money last year. The Nationals has drawn some of stock car racing’s biggest names over the years, including Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Mark Martin. Former event winners read like a “who’s who” in short-track racing history, including Joe Shear, Johnny Ziegler, Alan Kulwicki, Rich Bickle, Kyle Busch, Conrad Morgan, Lowell Bennett and the legendary Dick Trickle.