Brad Bennett first career start at Jennerstown

Brad Bennett Prepares for 1st Career Start in the ASA Series Mooresville, North Carolina -- REYBEN Racing and driver, Brad Bennett, took a hiatus from racing in early 2001. They have redirected their motorsports efforts for the remainder of 2001...

Brad Bennett Prepares for 1st Career Start in the ASA Series

Mooresville, North Carolina -- REYBEN Racing and driver, Brad Bennett, took a hiatus from racing in early 2001. They have redirected their motorsports efforts for the remainder of 2001 and beyond. Their reorganization has relocated the team's base of ope rations and led them to the American Speed Association ACDelco Challenge Series, ASA, where they will concentrate their future racing efforts. Their first race being the Pennsylvania 300 at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania on August 26, 2 001. The race will be REYBEN Racing and Bennett's first attempt at ASA racing.

Bennett, a former NASCAR Busch North Series competitor, enjoyed limited success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1999 and 2000. However, the costs associated with the series made the family-owned team reconsider their efforts. ASA ACDelco Challeng e Series caught their attention as a more cost-effective, high-exposure series. "We had been looking at the ASA Series for quite a while," the 27 year old, Bennett confirmed. "It is a great series that has graduated some very talented drivers. Without a full-time, primary sponsor, it is more cost-effective than what we had been doing. Plus, ASA has a great promotional package, including live television coverage on TNN for every event." The Stamford, Connecticut native continues, "We wanted to race mor e than just five or eight times a year and for the same budget, we can race a the full 20-race ASA schedule."

Bennett, a former NASCAR Busch North Series "Most Improved Driver," hopes to compete in three ASA races in 2001 beginning with Jennerstown on August 26th . Memphis Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Raceway Park, both in September, may be a part of the li mited schedule for 2001.

The ASA series was formed in 1968 by Rex Robbins, and since its inception 33 years ago, ASA has become the premier short track racing circuit in the United States. ASA has also proven to be a breeding ground for NASCAR stars. Drivers such as Darrell Walt rip, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Johnny Benson, Tony Raines and Ted Musgrave have all gone onto successful careers in NASCAR from humble beginnings in ASA. Brad Bennett hopes to add his name to the list.

"Our ultimate goal is to be successful in racing, no matter which series we race in." Bennett confirmed. "We need to race competitively week in and week out to attract a sponsor."

Bennett took another step toward making his dreams a reality by moving his family-owned and operated race team, REYBEN Racing, to Race City USA -- Mooresville, North Carolina. "You have to be here to be in the loop," Bennett admitted. "It is extremely dif ficult to run a competitive race team out of Stamford, Connecticut. "We knew that in order to take our racing to the next level, that we had to move to the hub of racing -- Charlotte. That's exactly what we've done."

REYBEN Racing is completing preparations for the Pennsylvania 300 in their new Rander Race Cars, #64 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Stan Meserve, of Santerre-Reece Motorsports, will be the Crew Chief at Jennerstown.

-SRM-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Tony Raines , Mark Martin