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Kyle Benjamin (born November 3, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, driving the No. 15 for LFR Chassis, and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports. Benjamin has also competed part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. He is a member of the 2015 NASCAR Next class and has formerly competed in the K&N Pro Series East with Ranier Racing with MDM, and is the youngest winner ever in the ARCA Racing Series.[2]

Kyle Benjamin
Born (1997-11-03) November 3, 1997 (age 21)
Easley, South Carolina
AchievementsYoungest Bandolero Nationals champion (age 10)[1]
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
8 races run over 2 years
2018 position40th
Best finish33rd (2017)
First race2017 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Last race2018 Rock N Roll Tequila 170 (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 2
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Truck no., teamNo. 45 (Niece Motorsports)
2018 position92nd
Best finish92nd (2018)
First race2018 Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2018 Texas Roadhouse 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of November 17, 2018.

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Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Starting to race competitively when he was six years old, Benjamin became the youngest winner of the Bandolero nationals, winning the event when he was ten years old.[3] Three years later, he moved into late model racing, in both the Pro and Stock divisions. At the age of fifteen, Benjamin captured the World Series of Asphalt title at New Smyrna Speedway, and won at various other notable tracks around the country such as Winchester Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway.[4]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

Running a partial schedule for Venturini Motorsports in 2013, Benjamin won the pole at Toledo Speedway to become the series youngest pole winner and won in only his sixth start at Madison International Speedway to become the series' youngest winner at the time.[5] He won two starts later as well.[6] Running a limited schedule for Roulo Brothers Racing in 2014, Benjamin switched to his own team in mid-2014 due to underwhelming performance.[7] After reuniting with Venturini for a race in 2015,[8] Benjamin ran a limited schedule in 2016 as part of his affiliation with Ranier Racing with MDM.[9]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

Running a race for Ken Schrader Racing in 2013,[10] then three for his own team in 2014,[11] Benjamin caught his break in 2015, winning his first race (at Bristol Motor Speedway),[12] being named to the NASCAR Next class,[13] and finishing ninth in points.[14] Signing on with Ranier Racing with MDM before the 2016 season, Benjamin won five poles, three races and finished runner-up to Justin Haley by only twenty-two points.[15]

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

On March 19, 2018, it was announced that Benjamin would make his Truck Series debut driving the No. 54 Tundra for DGR-Crosley at Martinsville Speedway.[16] He led over a quarter of the race but finished second to John Hunter Nemechek in a close finish.[17] Benjamin returned to the organization, this time driving the No. 17, for the fall Martinsville race, starting and finishing fifth in a truck that Benjamin believed could have finished second.[18]

In 2019, Benjamin returned to the Truck Series on a seven-race schedule in the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports.[19]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

On April 5, 2017, it was announced that Benjamin would run five races for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series: three in the No. 18 (2 at Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway) and two in the No. 20 (his debut at Richmond International Raceway and a race at Pocono Raceway).[20] He won his first pole at Pocono, and went on to lead 28 laps, the second-most of anybody else behind eventual winner Brad Keselowski. At Iowa, Benjamin led five laps, but lost out to JGR teammate Ryan Preece and finished second.[21] He returned to the team in 2018, announcing a two-race slate in February.[22] After an eighth-place run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a run for the win on the final restart at Iowa was derailed after John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Benjamin.[23]

Whelen Modified TourEdit

On February 1, 2019, it was announced that Benjamin will contest a part of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for LFR Chassis in the No. 15 car.[24] The schedule was later revealed to be eight races, and Benjamin stated in April that there may be an opportunity in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series later on.[1]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2017 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH
32
TAL CLT DOV POC
16
MCH 33rd 152
18 IOW
31
DAY KEN NHA IND IOW
2
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN
12
DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2018 DAY ATL
8
LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW
3
GLN MOH
13
BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 40th 102

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR
2
DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL 92nd 01
17 MAR
5
TEX PHO HOM
2019 Niece Motorsports 45 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM -* -*

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2013 Ken Schrader Racing 52 Dodge BRI GRE PEN RCH BGS IOW LGY COL IOW VIR GRE NHA DOV
3
RAL 49th 42 [25]
2014 Benjamin Motorsports 27 Ford NSM DAY BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS FFL LGY NHA
11
COL IOW
14
GLN VIR GRE DOV
24
32nd 83 [26]
2015 NSM
5
GRE
12
BRI
1*
IOW
6
BGS
13
LGY
2
COL
16
NHA
14
GLN
14
MOT
16
VIR RCH
9
DOV
16
9th 443 [27]
72 IOW
10
2016 Ranier Racing with MDM 40 Chevy NSM
4
MOB
6
GRE
2*
BRI
2
VIR
4
DOM
23*
STA
12
COL
11
NHA
4*
IOW
1
GLN
6
GRE
1**
NJM
3
DOV
1*
2nd 558 [28]
2017 MDM Motorsports Toyota NSM GRE
1
BRI SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA IOW GLN LGY NJM DOV 37th 47 [29]
2018 Hattori Racing Enterprises 1 Toyota NSM BRI LGY SBO SBO MEM NJM THO NHA IOW
10
GLN GTW NHA DOV 46th 34 [30]
2019 GMS Racing 21 Chevy NSM BRI SBO SBO
RL
MEM THO NHA IOW GLN BRI GTW NHA DOV -* -*
- Relieved Sam Mayer

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2014 Benjamin Motorsports 27 Ford PHO IRW S99 IOW KCR SON SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS PHO
27
82nd 17 [31]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts
2013 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY MOB
2
SLM
11
TAL TOL
23
MAD
1*
DSF IOW
5
SLM
1*
KEN KAN 17th 1620
Chevy ELK
7
POC MCH ROA WIN
8
CHI NJE POC BLN ISF
2014 Roulo Brothers Racing 17 Ford DAY MOB
2
SLM
12
TAL TOL
19
NJE
6
POC MCH ELK
7
WIN CHI IRP POC BLN ISF 22nd 1330
Benjamin Racing 37 Ford MAD
2
DSF SLM
7
KEN KAN
2015 Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY MOB NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
28
MCH CHI WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN KAN 131st 90
2016 Ranier Racing with MDM 28 Chevy DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
6
MCH
3
MAD WIN IOW
2
IRP
7
POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 32nd 855
2017 Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH
7
MAD IOW IRP POC 36th 615
MDM Motorsports 28 Toyota WIN
1
ISF ROA DSF SLM
41 CHI
12
KEN KAN

ReferencesEdit

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  20. ^ "JGR taps Benjamin, 19, for four-race XFINITY slate". Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  21. ^ Gray, Rob (July 29, 2017). "Ryan Preece scores career first NASCAR Xfinity win at Iowa". Autoweek. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
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