Dover II: Johnny Benson preview

Dover Is Eye of Hurricane The last time Nascar Winston Cup Series visited Dover, Del. rain had altered racing during 8 of the 14 Nascar weekends that had been run in 2003. This weekend it appears not only rain, but Hurricane Isabel will dominate...

Dover Is Eye of Hurricane

The last time Nascar Winston Cup Series visited Dover, Del. rain had altered racing during 8 of the 14 Nascar weekends that had been run in 2003. This weekend it appears not only rain, but Hurricane Isabel will dominate the pre-race discussion. The powerful hurricane is predicted to land near the Dover area forcing race teams to keep an eye on the weather and possibly alter travel plans or even race plans.

Benson On Hurricane:

"Sure we have been tracking the hurricane. We had the weather radar up on the truck at New Hampshire last weekend trying to figure out where it was going. We are concerned. On the one hand we don't want it to come to the Carolinas because that's where most of us live. On the other hand we don't want it to go anywhere around Dover either. Right now that's where they are saying it is going. Its a pretty powerful storm and could do a lot of damage so that's reason enough to hope it goes away. Plus, we have been on the road since February and our guys don't want to have to make up a race on an off weekend after Miami. We did that a few years ago on Thanksgiving and we don't want to have to do anything like that again.

"I grew up in Michigan and we had to worry more about tornados and blizzards. I 've never been in a hurricane before and sure don't want to start. Those things look pretty bad. The people around Charlotte I have talked to said you really don't want any part of a hurricane and I'll take their word for it."

I don't know what NASCAR will do. I'm sure they will do the right thing though. I suspect they will be in touch with all the police and weather folks and come up with a plan. We might leave early for Dover. But who knows. We'll be just like the race fans and watch television and the Internet."

Benson On Dover:

"We want to run Dover. That's one of my favorite tracks. We finished fifth there last race and have run well there in the past. I said last time I wish we raced every race at Dover. For a track its size, it's amazing how important qualifying at Dover has become. Most of your race winners start up front. We look at it as the race starts on Friday. We've got to get a good lap in and get a good starting spot. It also helps in picking a pit. If we qualify well then we get to choose a pit before the other teams. I think the major key is to start out front, avoid trouble and race the last 100 miles."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson