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Alex Kennedy Signs With 5K Motorsports, set to run for the Rookie of the Year title in the ASA Late Model Series Northern Division.
By: Stock Car Pit Pass/Dennis Michelsen

14-year-old Alex Kennedy, shown here at the Music City (TN) Motorplex, has signed with 5K Motorsports and will run for the 2007 Rookie of the Year title in the ASALMS Northern Division. (ASALMS File Photo)
Aztec, New Mexico (01/29/2007): 14-year-old Late Model driver Alex Kennedy from Aztec, New Mexico has signed with 5K Motorsports to run the full ASA Late Model Series Northern Division schedule. This energetic young man made his ASALMS debut last season at the historic Music City Motorplex during the All American 400 weekend.

5K Motorsports expects a big season for this youngster as he teams up with ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division driver Derek Thorn. The Northern division kicks off their exciting season on April 27th at O’Reilly Raceway Park for the ASI Limited 100 presented by Lucas Oil Products.

Meet Alex Kennedy: Alex Kennedy had an adventurous 2006 season. Starting the year in Legends cars at the Las Vegas Road Course in January, he would have never guessed that he would end the season making his debut in the ASA Late Model Series in Nashville. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” show would even feature Alex during a special about young drivers! Nicknamed the “New Mexico Rising Star” at his home track of Sandia Motorsports Park, Alex lived up to that moniker with more firsts last season.

Racing for ROTY in 2007: The challenging ASA Late Model Series Northern Division will be Alex Kennedy’s racing home for 2007. Alex will compete for the rookie of the year title in ASALMS North this year. Helping Alex adjust to racing at this level will be his teammate Derek Thorn. “Part of the program we have put together includes having Derek work together with Alex,” said 5K Motorsports owner Ken Wills. “We plan to get Alex off to a great start in points the first five races to go after the rookie of the year title.”

Introducing 5K Motorsports: Owner Ken Wills is a racer and knows what it takes to compete! Wills stepped out of the car and into the owner’s role full time late last year. “We are dedicated to competing as a championship level team,” said Wills. “We will focus our efforts with thorough attention to detail in our preparation and organization in every thing we do.” 5K Motorsports is excited about the 2007 season with drivers Derek Thorn and Alex Kennedy competing this season in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge and Northern divisions respectively.

Meet Alex’s Teammate Derek Thorn: The “California Kid” came out of the obscurity of the North States Challenge Series in Northern California to turn heads in the ASA Late Model Series last year. “Derek is phenomenal, has a huge amount of raw talent,” said 5K Motorsports owner Ken Wills. This twenty-year old from Lakeport, California posted two top five finishes in his only two ASA Late Model Series starts. “He had never raced a track bigger than three-eighths before last season,” said Wills. 5K Motorsports will be gunning for the Pat Bourdow rookie of the year title with Thorn this season.

License to Read 2006: When he is not busy testing or racing his Late Model stock car you can find Alex giving back to his community. The 2006 License to Read Summer Reading Program was a huge success! Alex enjoyed being on the receiving end for this event, getting the kid’s autographs and pictures of the kids in the driver’s seat of his race car. Alex also encouraged the kids to use the library as a tool in life just as his crew uses tools to make his car go faster! This story would even make the pages of Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated last year.

ESPN’s Behind the Lines: This summer ESPN’s Mike Massaro interviewed Alex and his parents for a special “Outside the Lines” special about young drivers. “I can’t drive to Sonic to get a cheeseburger but I can drive a racecar,” said Alex. Copies of the “Outside the Lines” show are available on request and can be viewed on Alex Kennedy’s website.

Time to Get RUDE: Alex Kennedy feels blessed to chase his dream of becoming a NASCAR racer someday. Along with that chance to race comes a responsibility to give back to his community. This fall Alex asked his Father Terry if they could use the racecar to catch the attention of kids his age that are making the mistake of getting involved in underage drinking and driving. This conversation led to the creation of RUDE, Racing for Underage Drinking Education. More information on RUDE will be available in the coming months.

For more information on Alex Kennedy please check out his official website at:
Alex Kennedy Racing
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