Dover: Johnny Benson race report

Johnny Benson headed into Dover International Speedway looking for another top-10 finish in order to move up in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points. After coming off his third career NCTS pole and an eighth place finish last week at...

Johnny Benson headed into Dover International Speedway looking for another top-10 finish in order to move up in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points. After coming off his third career NCTS pole and an eighth place finish last week at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Benson and his No. 23 TCUV team were looking to keep that momentum rolling in Dover.

Running incredibly strong right out of the box, Benson and his team threw everything they had at the truck in order to get his Tundra set up for qualifying. With a great qualifying draw, Benson ran a very fast 23.195 second lap and qualified himself in the second position for the start of Friday night's race, falling only to teammate Mike Skinner.

As the green flag waved over the 36-truck field, the two BDR teammates of Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson led the way on the front row for the second week in a row.

Having to fight his TCUV Tundra on the track almost immediately, Benson would drive hard in order to maintain his position. As the caution flag would wave on lap 50, Benson would dive down pit road for four tires, fuel, a trackbar and wedge adjustment. With a great pit stop, Benson would restart the race back in the second position.

With his truck once gain sliding bad on the one-mile track, Benson would have to remain calm and try to keep his position on the track. With the leader bringing out the caution on lap 95, Benson would come to pit road for adjustments again. This time taking four tires, fuel, a trackbar and an air pressure adjustment, Benson would restart the 200 mile race in the fourth position.

As Benson continued to drive deep into the corners, he would radio over to crew chief Trip Bruce that it felt as if his No. 23 TCUV Tundra was pivoting the left side and he wanted to pull rubbers on the next stop.

Showing why he is the best on the track, Benson fought his truck in order to keep his fourth place spot. With the seventh caution of the night coming out on lap 131 for debris, Benson would get his last chance to fix his truck before the end of the race. Taking sticker tires and fuel, as well as pulling rubbers, Benson would leave pit road quickly, too quickly.

Benson would be penalized for speeding on pit road and would be forced to the tail end of the longest line. Therefore Benson would now have 65 laps to try and fight his way back to the front, this time with a tight truck.

Plowing his way through the field, Benson would begin picking off positions one by one and by the end of the race he would cross the line in the tenth position.

With BDR teammate Scott Speed winning the race and with all three BDR trucks finishing in the top-10 yet again, the truck trio is looking strong heading into the ninth race of the season.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Johnny Benson , Scott Speed