In the hot seat this week: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy
What’s fun besides racing?
Ben Kennedy: Wake board and triathlons.
What’s the top item on your bucket list?
Kennedy: Travel somewhere. I’d like to spend more time in Australia. I think that would be cool.
Your go-to on movie night is:
Kennedy: Talladega Nights obviously. I like Wedding Crashers as well.
What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?
Most memorable fan interaction?
Kennedy: We partnered with the ALS Association last year. Having them out to the racetrack and experiencing everything was really special. They are some of the strongest individuals I’ve ever met so it was really neat to see that.
|What’s fun besides racing?||What’s the top item on your bucket list?||Your go-to on movie night:||One item that’s always in your grocery bag?||Most memorable fan interaction:|
|Cole Whitt||Fishing||Visiting Bora Bora||God’s Not Dead||Ground Turkey||Getting called by the wrong name|
|Nothing||Winning a Martinsville clock||Miracle||Yogurt||Signing an arm so they could have it tattooed on|
|Ron Capps||Watching other racing||Going into space||Something with Will Ferrell in it||A receipt||Visiting the Zoo at Brainerd|
|Casey Mears||Playing with my kids||Winning another Sprint Cup race||Good Will Hunting||Eggs||Meeting with U.S. soldiers|
|Alexis DeJoria||Family adventures||Bungee jumping||Something horror or sci fi||Vegetable juices||A fan who cried when she met me|
|Ryan Newman||Anything outdoors||Nothing-enjoy life every day!||Tombstone||Bread||Anytime a kid asks a question|
|David Gilliland||Riding 4-wheelers||Deep-sea fishing in Alaska||Days of Thunder||Bananas||Getting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)|
|Fast Jack Beckman||Surfing||Skydiving||Any movie, especially action or sci-fi||Bananas||Hanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling|
|Brad Keselowski||Personal growth||Winning another Cup title||Forrest Gump||Flowers for my girlfriend||All of them-it’s not fair to rate them!|
|Spencer Massey||Traveling and driving||Winning an NHRA Mello Yello title||Caddyshack||Frozen pizzas||Their reaction to Gatornationals win|
|Brendan Gaughan||Kids||SCUBA diving in the Galapagos||Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess Bride||Toilet paper||Too many to choose from|
|Hanging with high school buddies||Winning an NHRA championship||Get Hard||Water||There’s one oddball at every race…|
|Landon Cassill||Anything outside||Visiting Europe||Game of Thrones on Netflix||Avocados||A little girl named Riley|
|Del Worsham||Boating||Nothing; done it all||A drama||Milk||Sharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them|
|Austin Dillon||Playing soccer||Flying an F-16 fighter jet||Top Gun||Coca-Cola||Signing a baby|
|Richard Childress||Something outdoors||Winning another Cup championship||Something with Clint Eastwood||Childress Vineyards wine||A lot of them!|
|Morgan Shepherd||Roller skating||Getting the No. 89 in some more races||Doesn’t watch movies||Broccoli and carrots||A girl who wanted her underwear signed|
|Matt DiBenedetto||Driving my Corvette and playing raquetball||Racing in the Sprint Cup Series||Days of Thunder||Steak||Whenever people appreciate you|
|Carl Edwards||Backpacking||Winning the Cup championship / base jumping||Smokey and the Bandit||Cereal…lots of cereal||When little kids come up who love the sport|
|Matt Hagan||Farming||Taking part in a tractor pull||American Sniper||Steak||Having someone propose in the pits|
|Ward Burton||Being away from the track||Knowing family is in a good place||Military documentaries||6-pack of Yuengling||All the kids|
|John Hunter Nemechek||Wake surfing||Winning a Sprint Cup championship||American Sniper||Fruit||Anything with the younger generation|
|Justin Allgaier||Wake surfing and golfing right now||Skydiving||American Sniper or Frozen||Fruit||One lady almost passed out, she was so excited|
|Tony Schumacher||Harley riding||Skydiving in a squirrel suit||Mr. Destiny||Pretzels||Make-A-Wish kids|
|Josh Wise||Playing with kids||Wining a Sprint Cup race||Something funny||Almond butter or peanut butter||A random message from a teacher in England|
|Matt Kenseth||Nothing||Doing things with the kids||Not much time to watch TV||Katie does the shopping!||A guy who asked to have his girlfriend’s underwear signed|
|Alex Bowman||Working on cars||Road trip through Europe||Entourage on TV||Doc 360||Riding through the campground at Martinsville|
|Daniel Hemric||Working on race cars||Skydive solo||Days of Thunder||Gum||Visiting a children’s hospital|
|John Force||Racing with granddaughter Autumn||Win another championship||Mad Max||Toothpaste, champagne, and energy drink||Autographing a pig|
|Sam Hornish Jr.||Projects, especially with daughters||Hiking the Appalachian Trail||The Departed||Monster||Being cussed out for refusing to sign a body part|
|Graham Rahal||Golf & college football||Winning the Indianapolis 500||Fiancée Courtney usually picks!||Kona Big Wave Beer||Signing a kid’s forehead|
|Courtney Force||Cooking with niece and nephews||Winning a championship||Something with Will Ferrell||Cheese||Seeing signature tattooed on a person|
|Robbie Reiser||Hunting||Seeing kids be successful||Doesn’t watch movies||Cookies||Cute girls|
|Ben Kennedy||Wakeboarding and triathlons||Traveling and spending time in Australia||Talladega Nights or Wedding Crashers||Bananas||Meeting an individual with ALS|
About the author
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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