Johnny Benson is a native of Grand Rapids. He drives the No. 10 Lycos Pontiac Grand Prix (IS IT STILL FUN TO COME BACK HOME FOR A WINSTON CUP RACE?) "Absolutely. It's always fun. I come up a little early to see my mom and dad, and...
Johnny Benson is a native of Grand Rapids. He drives the No. 10 Lycos Pontiac Grand Prix
(IS IT STILL FUN TO COME BACK HOME FOR A WINSTON CUP RACE?) "Absolutely. It's always fun. I come up a little early to see my mom and dad, and the in-laws and all that fun stuff. Then we do our fan club open house and that's always a lot of fun. A lot of people come out and see that. It's a pretty good deal."
(DO YOU GET TO TRADE A LOT OF YOUR OLD "WAR STORIES" WITH YOUR FANS AT THE OPEN HOUSE?) "No, not really. But, it's a pretty neat deal. The way we do it, of course, I'm signing autographs and we're pushing people through pretty quick because there are a lot of people there, so I don't get a chance to talk about a lot of the old stories. But other people do while they are standing around and I get to hear a lot about that."
(ON HIS WINSTON CUP TEAM ATTENDING THIS YEAR WITH HIM) "This year I had the guys come up early and they went to it. Before we went there were three or four that were saying that they really didn't want to do it because it was a day that they would probably have liked to have stayed home. But they came up, we brought the hauler, brought the race car, brought all the guys and every one of them said they had a great time. After it was all said and done they said they had a really good time and they really enjoyed it. They really appreciated the fans that came out there and supported them. I think they liked it. It was a pretty cool deal for everybody. The fans got an opportunity to see the crew. You know, I really like these guys and I was glad that they came up. The fact that they took the time meant a lot to me, but it meant a lot to the fans, too, and they all seemed to enjoy themselves."
(ON HIS CAR FOR THIS WEEKEND, WHICH WON THE WINSTON WEST RACE AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY) "This car is a 'sister car' to the one we ran out in California. But we struggled with the car in the Winston Cup race, but in the Winston West race, our car was awesome. So we decided to just swap them and bring this one to Michigan. We figured it would be a pretty good race car, and so far, it's shown that it is. We're really looking forward to the race on Sunday with it. This is obviously the first time it's been raced on the Winston Cup side, and there are some differences, so we're still doing some fine-tuning. But all-in-all, I think this car has got a lot of potential."
(IS THE TEAM STILL AS GOOD AS IT WAS EARLY IN THE SEASON?) "I'd like to think that, and I believe in the guys that that is probably the case. We've run across a little bad luck a couple of times, and made a couple mistakes, but at times we've been better than what our finish showed. I think for my first year here, me trying to learn (crew chief) James (Ince), James trying to learn me and this team really being in only its second full season, I think it's been a success. I think there is still a lot of consistency that we've got to work on, and I think once we get that we'll be in pretty good shape."