Charlotte: Johnny Benson''s hot rod just as cool as his race car

Johnny Benson enjoys driving his blue ...

Johnny Benson enjoys driving his blue #10 Lycos Pontiac on NASCAR Winston Cup racetracks all over the nation. But, when he isn't racing Benson drives his wife and two young daughters around their Cornelius, North Carolina home in a bright blue 1940 Ford Sedan.

"The girls call it our hot rod," Benson said. "They think it's a pretty neat deal. It's hard to get them to want to go in our other cars. They always want a ride in the hot rod."

A few months ago Benson's friend, Joe Dochod of Profat Engineering in Comstock, Mich. found the antique car and after consulting with his friend Benson began working on the hot rod. He took the car's original body and frame then added a General Motors small block V8 engine, an automatic transmission, a power trunk, a CD player, renewed the exterior, and turned it into "a pretty cool little machine" according to Benson.

"I always wanted to have an older car that I could drive the girls around in and something to just to have fun with," Benson said. "Joe found the car and called me up. I told him it was for me. He did an awesome job with it. If you didn't know it you would say it could have come off the showroom floor. It has all the old stuff but all the modern stuff too like air-conditioning and carpeting."

Benson said he doesn't know the previous owner but assumes the car has a lot of history. Something Tyler Jet Motorsports spotter Vic Maguire is quick to confirm. Maguire, 54, said the car was one of the most popular with his friends when he was in high school.

"When I saw it I told Johnny that car had the best back seat of any car in high school," Maguire said laughing. "That car brought back memories. Everyone wanted to double date with whoever had that car in high school because of the big back seat."

Benson's response?

"I'm not touching that with a ten foot pole," he said smiling.

RACE INFORMATION: Coca Cola 600 Winston Cup Race #12 of 34 for the 2000 season a.. Race: Sunday, May 28, 2000 in Charlotte, NC b.. TV: TBS 6:00pm/et c.. this is a No Bull Five Event d.. Posted Awards/Purse: $3,058,165 plus the No Bull Five Million chance e.. 1999 Race Winner: Jeff Burton f.. Race Speed Record: Rusty Wallace, 1995, 151.952mph g.. Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile quad-oval, 400 laps, 600 miles h.. Practice: Wednesday, May 24th 3:00-5:55pm/et; Thursday, May 25th, 2:30-4:30pm/et and 7:00 - 8:00pm/et; Friday, May 26th none; Saturday, May 27th, 9:00 - 10:00am/et i.. Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 27th, after the BGN race, TV-TBS after the BGN?? j.. First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-25, Wednesday, May 24th at 8:05pm/et, TV-TBS and live via PRN radio/internet(link below) k.. Second-Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 26th-43rd, Thursday, May 25th at 6:00pm/et l.. Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Oct 1994, 185.759mph m.. Race Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, May 1999, 185.230mph n.. Last Year's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 185.230mph o.. Pit Road Speed: 45mph p.. Track Specs: Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Bobby Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Johnny Benson