Benson: "Time To Get Back To Business" Benson, Ince and History Say Qualifying A Key to Winning on Dover's Monster Mile ...
Benson: "Time To Get Back To Business"
Benson, Ince and History Say Qualifying A Key to Winning on Dover's Monster Mile
#10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson knows racing is secondary to what is going on in America. But, like all other Americans who returned to their jobs on Monday, Benson said he and his race team are ready to return to the race track and the work they do best. History shows that to win Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race on the one-mile concrete oval in Dover a top qualifying effort is required on Friday
* Benson has scored two top-10 finishes in his 11 races at Dover but his best finish there (second in this race in 2000) tied his career-best NASCAR Winston Cup finish. Benson also finished second in the Spring Bristol race in 2000.
* Thirty-seven of 63 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Dover have been won from the first four starting positions (59 percent). Only 12 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. Eight of the last 12 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-four starting position, including four from the pole.
* Benson's Valvoline Pontiac will carry an American Flag & Eagle with the words "God Bless America" on the rear deck lid as well as the Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW on the television panel above the rear bumper. An American flag will adorn the rear quarter panels. Valvoline and its parent, Ashland Inc, and company employees are making donations to the American Red Cross and other relief funds.
Johnny Benson On Return To Racing At Dover:
"Dover has always been one of my favorite tracks and it's a place I like to go. Obviously, with everything that is going on in the world our minds have been preoccupied outside racing. Now it's time to get back to business and for me Dover is a great place to go back to work."
Benson On Dover's Secret to Success:
"Just look at the history. It's qualifying. For some reason a heck of a lot of winners qualified well at Dover so that tells me the race really starts on Friday when we qualify. We've got to get a good lap in and good a good starting spot. It also helps in picking at pit. If we qualify well then we get to choose a pit before the other teams. We had our race ruined last time because another team's tire rolled onto pit road and we hit it. We don't want that to happen again."
Benson On The Recent Events In America:
"The events are going to change our lives. I'm not sure how, but you know what, we are still in America and there isn't any place on earth I would rather live. No place is going to deal with what happened better than we are. As long as we stick together as a nation I really think we are going to be fine. We can deal with anything that comes along. We have heroes everywhere in this country."
Crew Chief James Ince:
"That last few days puts in perspective the importance of what we do and really it's not all that important. By the same token this is what we do. This is all we know. For us to be productive in our lives, right now we need to get back to the race track. This is the only thing we know how to do. I sat around at home all weekend very uncomfortable, very bored. That's because I had nothing to do. If we can get back to doing what we do best then that will be a positive for us."
Ince On Mental Preparation of Team For Dover:
"This is a fresh start. I told our team Monday morning that I hoped everyone got to spend a little bit of time with their families over the weekend and that a lot of healing took place. Now we have to get our focus on the job at hand and that's what we plan to do when we go to Dover this weekend."
Ince On Key To Dover Success:
"The last three times we have been there we have had chances to win the race. The car we really want to take to Dover got wrecked at Bristol. But this car we are taking raced there last year and did really well. So we are pretty confident. Qualifying is the deal there. If we can do well on Friday I think we will be up there after 400 miles on Sunday."