Robby Benton to debut in No. 15 at Loudon

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 10, 2003) -Robby Benton will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend as he takes control of the VOKAL Ford for Billy Ballew Motorsports. Benton will pilot the No. 15 in the New Hampshire 200 at the New...

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 10, 2003) -Robby Benton will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend as he takes control of the VOKAL Ford for Billy Ballew Motorsports. Benton will pilot the No. 15 in the New Hampshire 200 at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Benton, a 24-year-old native of Charlotte, NC, is a former recipient of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship, and he currently serves as a crewmember for Robert Yates Racing on Elliott Sadler's NASCAR Winston Cup team.

"We are examining several different drivers in preparation for next year," said Team Owner Billy Ballew. "Ryan Hemphill has done a great job for us and we plan to run him in some additional NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races as our equipment allotment allows us to. We had an opportunity to run Robby this weekend in our Ford and we think he has a lot of potential. Robby has been around racing most of his life, he has had some great runs in ARCA, and we wanted to provide him with a chance to run in the truck series."

Benton has made several NASCAR Busch Series starts this year, driving for owner Ken Alexander. His most notable stock car finishes came in ARCA with a fourth place finish at Talledega in 2001 and another fourth place finish at Charlotte in 2002. Benton got his start in go-kart competition, progressed on to the Legends Car series and moved up to the NASCAR Winston Racing series in 1999. Benton was an engineering student at UNCC from 1997-1999.

"I am really looking forward to New Hampshire," Benton said. "I want to get some seat time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and I am thankful to Billy for providing me that opportunity. It is kind of a Catch 22 situation. I want to run as good as I can but I want to take care of the equipment as well. New Hampshire is not the easiest track on the circuit to tackle your first time out but I am really optimistic. It reminds me a little bit of Homestead, and I had some success there so I think we will be okay."

The New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway is set for Saturday, September 13th. The race will be broadcast live nationally by The Speed Channel and MRN Radio starting at 1:00 ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ryan Hemphill , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Alan Kulwicki , Robby Benton
Teams Yates Racing