#10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson can't wait to get to Kansas Speedway. Especially after the way his luck continued Sunday at Talladega where Benson was caught up in a lap 10 multi-car wreck ruining his day. In April at Talladega the same thing happened on lap 3.
Benson knows he's less likely to endure that kind of problem at Kansas where the field is more spread out than Talladega and isn't at the mercy of other driver's problems. Benson and his Valvoline team tested at Kansas Speedway last week.
Benson On Going To Kansas?
"Hey I'd be glad to go race a road course this weekend as long as we could get away from Talladega with the luck we have had at that place this season.
"But Kansas is a good place to go after Talladega. We have run a lot better there than our results have shown. But our luck hasn't been all that good at Kansas. The first year we were second when we blew up then we were running good until we got in a wreck in the final laps last year. If we can get to the finish then we will be fine. Our plan is to get a good run there and then we won't even remember Talladega."
Do You Like Kansas?
"It's the type of track I like and (Crew Chief) James (Ince) gave us a really good setup the first two years there. James is from Springfield, Missouri which isn't that far from Kansas Speedway so maybe all of us are motivated a little extra to do well in front of James's family and friends. We know we have a lot of support in Kansas."
"We used our final test of the year there last week. We tried some things that worked and some things that didn't work. I don't know if we left there thinking we had the place figured out, but we left with an idea of what we want to do as far as race setup and that kind of stuff so you could say it was a successful test."
Do You Like The New Yellow Flag Rule?
"It seems to be working pretty well. Everyone is doing a good job of slowing down after the yellow and that makes it safer. I think NASCAR has figured it out pretty good. I don't mind if we give the lapped cars their lap back. I think it will be fine the rest of the year. I mean if there wasn't problems in Talladega where everyone is side-by-side when the yellow comes out then I doubt there will be too many problems at the rest of the races."