Richmond II: Johnny Benson preview

Benson returns to Richmond. Sometimes the fastest thing in Nascar isn't the speed of the cars but how quickly things change. Just look at the weekend Johnny Benson endured at Richmond in May. Benson posted the fastest speed in Busch practice...

Benson returns to Richmond.

Sometimes the fastest thing in Nascar isn't the speed of the cars but how quickly things change. Just look at the weekend Johnny Benson endured at Richmond in May.

Benson posted the fastest speed in Busch practice on Thursday then turned in the fastest laps in the final two Winston Cup practice sessions Friday evening. Minutes later, in his inaugural Busch race of the season, the high hopes came to an end when another car slammed Benson from behind sending him for a two-night stay in a local hospital with one broken and two cracked ribs.

Benson missed the Winston Cup race on Sunday plus the Winston, Charlotte and Dover races. He returned for Pocono and Michigan but was wrecked again at Daytona breaking three ribs and missing the Chicago and New Hampshire races.

Obviously, Richmond represents a lot of frustration for the driver who expected to contend for a top-10 finish in the 2002 points race. But things can change from bad to good just as quickly as it changed the other way in May. Richmond could be the right place for that to happen to Benson who has posted three consecutive top-10 finishes at .75-mile D-shaped oval.

What Do You Remember About Richmond In May:

"I remember most of the time I was there last time, but not all of it. I remember getting hit and I remember going all the way up and hitting the wall. But, it's really weird to watch the video and see me getting out of the car. I don't remember that, so there is a little bit that's fuzzy. But, I guess I wasn't knocked out. They said I was moving right away, but I don't remember some of that."

Do Drivers Dread A Return To The Scene Of A Wreck:

"I don't think so. If you were going to a track where you screwed up and had a bad wreck then you might think twice about going back. That's just human nature. But when somebody else does something to you at a track then you really don't think about the track. I mean last time we were here at Richmond we were minding our own business and got wrecked. There's not much you can do about that and you certainly can't think the track had any part of that."

Was It Worse Because You Were Running So Well?

"There are weekends where things don't go well and you get pretty frustrated. Wrecking during one of those weekends might be a bit easier to swallow. But at Richmond in May we were the best in both garages. I look back at that weekend and what I remember most is that we had a great race car on the Cup side and on the Busch side. That's what I think about. It was just unfortunate we had the accident and I couldn't race on Sunday. There isn't much you can do about it so you don't worry about it."

What Is Your Strategy At Richmond?

"I love Richmond. I can't wait to go back there. It's a great place to race and it seems like we have always had success there. Richmond is a track where you do a lot of slipping and sliding. You want to get out front, stay up with the lead cars and at the end hopefully you will be in a position to win. We have always raced pretty well up there. We have great equipment and it's a type of track I like. It's nice and smooth and it's a track where finesse is the key. Those are the kind of tracks where I like to race. Along with everyone else also."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson