Benson Loudon qualifying

On a day when the NASCAR Winston Cup community lost Kenny Irwin in a turn three accident, Johnny Benson's 32nd-place qualifying run as well as qualifications at New Hampshire International Speedway on Friday seemed of little importance. "This is...

On a day when the NASCAR Winston Cup community lost Kenny Irwin in a turn three accident, Johnny Benson's 32nd-place qualifying run as well as qualifications at New Hampshire International Speedway on Friday seemed of little importance.

"This is devastating. At times like this there isn't really much to say except how sad we all are and how much sympathy we have for Kenny's family," Benson said. "I saw Kenny at the airport on Thursday. It's hard to believe this could happen. That is two people we have lost within our small community in just a very short time. We are going to go out and do our jobs this weekend, but I can tell you I sure would rather be doing something else."

Benson and his Tyler Jet Motorsports teammates have the option of requalifying Saturday morning.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson