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Benson Returns Home To Michigan NASCAR Teammate Schrader To Race With Benson At Berlin On Wednesday ...

Benson Returns Home To Michigan
NASCAR Teammate Schrader To Race With Benson At Berlin On Wednesday

#10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson goes home to familiar territory this weekend when his Valvoline race team visits Michigan International Speedway. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native flew directly to Michigan from Watkins Glen, N.Y. where he finished 16th on Sunday. He will be joined by NASCAR teammate Kenny Schrader on Wednesday when they race at Berlin Raceway in the Chester Mysliwiec Open Invitational Memorial Race (two 50-lap qualifying races and a 100-lap Late Model feature race). Benson owns part of his home track.

Benson is 10th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings for the fourth straight race. He has posted nine top-10 finishes in 2001. Benson trails ninth-place Rusty Wallace by 53 points. He holds the 10th-place position by 63 points over 11th-place Steve Park. Benson is 574 points behind first-place Jeff Gordon. He has scored three top-10 finishes in his 11 races at Michigan. He finished fifth in this race one year ago and 12th there in June.

Racing With Schrader at Berlin Raceway:

"We are going up to do a little racing Wednesday night at my home track of Berlin Raceway. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's just a chance to relax and do some racing. Kenny Schrader is going up there and I'm bringing my road crew guys up there for the Wednesday night race. Those guys all grew up short track racing and we are just going to go up there and have a lot of fun. I raced at Schrader's track (Pevley, Mo.) last year so he is coming to my place now. Knowing Schrader and my road guys, we might even have a party after the race."

Plans At Home:

"Just rest, relax and race. But, I'm sure my Mom has some chores for me to do."

Racing At Michigan:

"I expect we are going to run pretty well there. Michigan doesn't really change from the first race to the second race so I don't expect anything dramatically different this weekend. Michigan is right up there with the fastest tracks where we race. It's a two-mile track with a real wide racing groove. It produces some great racing. Its downfall is that because it is three grooves they have very few cautions and it becomes a fuel mileage race that isn't what everybody looks forward to. You start thinking fuel mileage before the start of the race. You know it's going to probably end up on fuel."

Benson Career Statistics at Michigan International Speedway
Date S F
06/10/2001 10 12
08/20/2000 23 5
06/11/2000 11 24
08/22/1999 41 21
06/13/1999 26 19
08/16/1998 38 34
06/14/1998 21 22
08/17/1997 1 24
06/15/1997 7 10
08/18/1996 19 7
06/23/1996 37 37

THE RACE: Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer
Winston Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2001 season
Race: Sunday, August 19, 2001 in Brooklyn, MI

TNT - 2:00pm/et, re-aired on TNT Monday, Aug 13th, 11:00pm/et
Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et - Hosted by Bill Weber

NASCAR on TV and TNT TV Schedule
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

2000 Race Winner: Rusty Wallace, 132.597mph
Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)
Track/Race Length: 2.0 oval, 200 laps, 400 miles
Pit Road Speed: 45mph

Friday, Aug 17th 11:05am - 1:05pm/et
Saturday, Aug 18th 11:15 - 12:00noon/et

Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, Aug 19th after the BGN race (approx 3:00pm/et), TV-TNT

Qualifying Draw:
Friday, Aug 17th, 10:00am/et

First Round Qualifying:
1 lap for positions 1-36, Friday, Aug 17th at 3:00pm/et, TV-CNN/SI and live via MRN Radio will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web

Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph
Last Year's Pole Sitter: Dale Earnhardt Jr, 191.149mph

Track Specs:
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Rusty Wallace , Steve Park , Johnny Benson , Benny Parsons