Ross Kenseth, son of Matt Kenseth, impressive in XFINITY Series debut

Ross Kenseth sits in his race car at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Ross Kenseth made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut a day later than planned when rain forced the postponent of Saturday night’s Owens Corning AttiCat 300 at Chicagoland Speedway to Sunday.

For the 22-year-old son of Sprint Cup Series veteran Matt Kenseth, the wait was well worth it.

After qualifying his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the second spot, the younger Kenseth maneuvered his way to an impressive sixth-place finish with his father in attendance — on Father’s Day, no less.

"I thought all these guys did a fantastic job all day," Kenseth said. "The first round we were so tight I couldn’t get by anybody, and worked on it. There at the end, I felt we were really good — a third, fourth-place car — a little disappointed we didn’t get into the top-five. These guys worked so hard at it and gave me a great car this weekend. Thanks to Dollar General, JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) for giving me this opportunity."

"For a one-off deal like this, I was happy," Kenseth said. "I was hoping in this car, it’s been competitive all year, so I’m hoping we can do it again."

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