Mansfield: Johnny Benson race report

Johnny Benson and his No. 23 Brangus Breeders Toyota Tundra headed into Mansfield, Ohio hoping to run well. With a top-five finish the last two years, Benson was looking to make it three in a row this past weekend. As the first practice ...

Johnny Benson and his No. 23 Brangus Breeders Toyota Tundra headed into Mansfield, Ohio hoping to run well. With a top-five finish the last two years, Benson was looking to make it three in a row this past weekend.

As the first practice session got underway on Friday, Benson was quick to show his strength on the track and by the end of the day Benson was fourth on the speed charts.

Running an incredible 16.363 second lap in qualifying, Benson would vault straight to the top and capture the third pole of his career.

As the green flag waved over the 36-truck field, Benson held his own as he kept the lead until lap 48 when the caution flag would wave forcing him to come down pit road. With Benson's Brangus Tundra running well, but needing just a little bit of sidebite. The team changed four tires and fuel, as well as one round down on the trackbar when they came to pit road.

With the majority of the field not pitting under that caution, Benson and many other leaders would fall back in the field. Having to now work his way through the field, Benson had no where to go when there was a wreck directly infront of him on lap 69. Having to now come back to pit road for four tires, fuel and damage repair, Benson would restart the race in the 32nd position, one lap down.

Driving deep into the corners, Benson would start picking off positions one by one and when the caution came out once again on lap 136, Benson had raced his way to get his lap back.

Now being on the lead lap, Benson buckled down and started moving his way forward through the tight field. By lap 187, he found himself fighting to get back in the top-10. Digging deep and cutting some of the fastest laps on the track, Benson would keep his cool and cross the line in the eighth position on lap 250.

Benson and the rest of the Craftsman Truck Series will head to The Monster Mile in Dover, Del. next week. The race will be televised live Friday, May 30 on Speed Channel.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
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