(FLAT ROCK, Mich. - September 7, 2012) - After making a breakthrough for female drivers one season ago, Kenzie Ruston's goal in the 7Up 125 at Flat Rock Speedway Saturday will be to look for her second win in the ARCA CRA Super Series.
The ARCA CRA Super Series, featuring many of the top super late model drivers in the Midwest, will line up for the 7Up 125 tomorrow on Flat Rock's quarter-mile oval.
This will be the series' first race at Flat Rock.The spotlight may be on current points leader Johnny VanDoorn, a son of Michigan who has three wins so far in 2012, but one driver not to be overlooked is Ruston, who is currently second in points.
Regarded as one of the top female stock car drivers in America, Ruston, of El Reno, Okla., became the first driver to win an ARCA CRA Super Series event when she won last year at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
She began her racing career in the Bandolero cars at the age of 14. The Legends Cars Series was next for Ruston, where again she was very competitive at the age of 16. In 2009, Ruston won seven championships in the Legends Series and became the first female driver to win the Asphalt National Legends Series. With much of her racing taking place at Texas Motor Speedway, she was voted Driver of the Year and was recognized by the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, an organization created by nationally-recognized female driver Lyn St. James.
In 2010, Ruston moved to the full-bodied stock cars, competing in the Pro All Star Southern (PASS) division, racking up multiple top-10 finishes and gaining respect of her fellow competitors. Despite missing two races, she finished 12th in the final point standings.
The next season saw Ruston make the jump into the spotlight of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. She competed in four ARCA events and became the first female to lead laps and finish in the top 10 in her debut race. She also became the first female to qualify for an ARCA CRA Super Series event, which later in the season led to her landmark win. On the day of her win at Indianapolis, she also qualified fastest.
Three-time series champion Scott Hantz will race Saturday, and he'll look for his first win on The Rock's quarter-mile Saturday night. Familiar Flat Rock names like Brent Jack, Stan Yee Jr., and Paul Hahn are also entered.
Practice will begin at 3:30, with qualifying at 5:30. Drivers will sign autographs on track for all fans at 6:30, with racing beginning at 7:15. In addition to the Super Series' 125-lap feature, a 300-lap Enduro championship race is also scheduled.
Tickets will be available at the track on Saturday, at just $20 for adults or $3 for kids between 6 and 12. Children under 6 are admitted free.
For more information, visit FlatRockSpeedway.com.