Kyle Benjamin Set For K&N East Debut
EASLEY, S.C. – Kyle Benjamin is getting a big learning experience at the age of 15 this year. This Friday, he will add a start in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series to his already-impressive racing resume. Benjamin will make his K&N debut at Dover Int’l Speedway in the Ken Schrader Racing No. 52.
“I can’t wait to go to Dover later this week,” said Benjamin. “That place looks really cool. I’m hoping to go and keep all of the fenders on the car and finish up front.”
The Easley, South Carolina driver has been successful in a variety of stock cars this year. Earlier this year he won South Alabama Speedway’s Rattler 250 Super Late Model race, dominated the Super Late Model action at New Smyrna (FL) during February Speedweeks and he recently won a Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series event at Five Flags Speedway in Florida.
He also has made waves in the ARCA Series presented by Menards by winning two of the last three events for Venturini Motorsports. He became the youngest driver in ARCA history to win a race when he went to victory lane at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway and his second win just came recently at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana.
Having the ARCA experience under his belt should help ease the learning curve when the 15-year-old gets to Dover’s high banks for the Drive Sober 150 this Friday.
“Both cars are about the same with the only difference is that the K&N cars have a little less horsepower,” Benjamin said. “The big thing is getting used to the track as quickly as I can so we can make the right adjustments for the race.”
Benjamin has yet to compete at Dover, but will have the experience of crew chief Donnie Richeson atop his pit box. To get even more exposure to Dover before strapping into the RainEater Wiper Blades No. 52, Benjamin has been doing a lot of iRacing on the track to try to get some experience.
“It almost appears that Dover almost has some of the same characteristics like Mobile International Speedway in Alabama,” Benjamin said. “That is a high-banked half-mile oval that I have raced on with my Super Late Model and my ARCA car.”
Dover’s fast concrete surface has intimidated many racers over the years – enough to earn the “Monster Mile” moniker. But don’t count Benjamin as one of those intimidated drivers.
“I am more excited than nervous about going up there to race,” Benjamin said. “This has been an awesome year for me. We have had a lot of good runs in good cars and had a variety of different opportunities. I can’t wait to get up there.”