Benson to race at Berlin

Johnny Benson to race Saturday at Berlin Raceway MARNE, MI - NASCAR veteran Johnny Benson will make an unscheduled visit to Berlin Raceway Saturday night, May 15, to compete in a double-length 100-lap Coors Light Late Model points feature. On...

Johnny Benson to race Saturday at Berlin Raceway

MARNE, MI - NASCAR veteran Johnny Benson will make an unscheduled visit to Berlin Raceway Saturday night, May 15, to compete in a double-length 100-lap Coors Light Late Model points feature.

On Monday, Benson parted ways with Phoenix Racing, owner of the Busch Grand National and Nextel Cup cars that Benson had been driving this season. Benson test a Nextel Cup car owned by Cal Wells' PPI Motorsports team earlier this week at Charlotte and recorded the eighth fastest speed of the 16 cars testing.

Benson faced a weekend without race plans and contacted the track today regarding his intentions to race his Late Model at Berlin on Saturday.

Fans can look forward to a full slate of racing action Saturday. In addition to the bonus of Benson's participation, fans will see a double-length Coors Light Late Model feature as part of a make-up from an April 24 postponement due to rain. Also scheduled is a special 50-lap Engine Pro Super Stock race (regularly 30 laps) and a 25-lap Standale Lumber Sportsman race. The event is a weekly points show dubbed as Engine Pro Super Stock Night presented by Engine Pro.

Ticket prices remain the regular rate of $11 in advance and $12 at the door despite the appearance by Benson and the extra-length feature races. Children 3-12 are half price and 2 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race begins at 7 p.m.

Benson, a Grand Rapids native who began his racing career at Berlin Raceway in 1986, has been a regular on the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Grand National circuits since 1994. He won the 1995 NASCAR Busch Grand National championship and has finished as high as 11th place in NASCAR Nextel Cup points. His scheduled visits in 2004 include June 16 (with Michael Waltrip), July 17 and August 18 (with Bobby Labonte).

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Johnny Benson
Teams Phoenix Racing