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Norm Benning Jr. (born January 16, 1952) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado for Norm Benning Racing. He also works as a driver analyst for TheRacingExperts.com. Benning has often been referred to as Stormin' Norman after his 2013 Eldora performance. He previously competed in the NASCAR Busch Series and Winston Cup Series.

Norm Benning
Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Rockingham 2013.jpg
Benning's Truck in 2013 at Rockingham Speedway
Born (1952-01-16) January 16, 1952 (age 67)
Level Green, Pennsylvania
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
4 races run over 2 years
1993 position87th
Best finish53rd (1989)
First race1989 Budweiser 500 (Dover)
Last race1993 TranSouth 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
3 races run over 2 years
2004 position141st
Best finish121st (2003)
First race2003 Goulds Pumps/ITT Industries 200 (Nazareth)
Last race2004 Goulds Pumps/ITT Industries 200 (Nazareth)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
213 races run over 13 years
Truck no., teamNo. 6 (Norm Benning Racing)
2018 position22nd
Best finish17th (2014)
First race2002 Federated Auto Parts 200 (Nashville)
Last race2019 Sugarlands Shine 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of October 12, 2019.

Early careerEdit

Born in Level Green, Pennsylvania,[1] Benning began by racing as a 15-year-old at Heidelberg Raceway even though he was supposed to be at least 18 years old.[2] He also has raced in dirt late models and asphalt modifieds.

ARCAEdit

Benning has finished in the top 10 in ARCA points seven times, with a highest of 5th in 2001. In 276 starts, Benning has five top 5 and 32 top 10 finishes. His best effort was a 3rd-place finish at the Springfield dirt mile in 2004.

NASCAREdit

 
Benning at Rockingham in 2012

Benning has attempted numerous NASCAR races in the top 3 divisions during his career. Benning made his NASCAR debut in 1989, driving in three races in the Cup Series for the No. 99 car owned by Jerry O'Neil. After starting 35th, Benning would finish 30th in his debut at Dover. He would then match that finish at Pocono and 31st in his return to Dover.

Benning made his last Cup points race start for O'Neil in 1993, starting last (39th) at Darlington and finishing 39th after one lap of competition. After that, Benning attempted to make the Daytona 500 for seven consecutive years, but either failed to qualify or was denied entry due to his car being slow in practice. He attempted many Cup races through 2001 in his own No. 84 84 Lumber Chevy, as well a couple of entries of the No. 79 T.R.I.X. Racing car. Benning attempted a total of 33 Cup races, but DNQ'd 29 times. He withdrew from the 2011 Daytona 500.

Benning's next NASCAR start came in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2002. Driving for Troxell Motorsports, Benning qualified the No. 93 Chevy into the field at Nashville Superspeedway in 18th position. A vibration dropped the team out of the event and Benning finished 32nd. In 2009 Benning was back in the Truck Series attempting a full season. He only missed one race and that was Daytona. At Michigan, Benning finished 17th his best finish of the year for the Camping World Truck Series. His final position in points was 21st.

Benning attempted the NASCAR Busch Series for the next two years. Benning was able to compete in 3 of the 6 races attempted. In his debut, Benning started the 2003 Nazareth race in 42nd and finished in 40th. He was later able to improve during the season with a career-best 36th place at NHIS. Driving once again at Nazareth, Benning started 42nd before brake failure forced him out of the race, finishing 38th. He fielded a car for Dion Ciccarelli at Nazareth in 2004, who finished 29th.

During the 2008 Truck Series season, Benning competed in 7 of the 8 races attempted driving his own No. 57 Chevrolet. In 2009, Benning competed full-time in the Truck Series for his own team (his first attempt at a full NASCAR season). He qualified for 24 of 25 races and finished 21st in overall points. His best finish came at Michigan when he finished 17th with Germane Red sponsorship.

In 2013, Benning held onto fifth place after a hard fought battle with Clay Greenfield in the "Last Chance" qualifying race at Eldora Speedway to earn the final transfer spot into the inaugural Mudsummer Classic.[3] His truck sustained a fair amount of damage, but he was able to make repairs with the help of members of larger teams. He would go on to finish 26th, four laps down.[4] Benning's performance in the last chance race was popular with fans; afterwards he placed the Eldora truck for sale on eBay.[5] Later that season, Benning obtained his career-best Truck Series finish of 12th at Talladega Superspeedway.[6] During the 2014 season, Benning changed from his iconic 57 to the number 6, with the 57 being the part-time second entry. Late in the season, Benning gained backing on behalf of Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. In 2015, Benning finished 14th in the opening race at Daytona and was 10th in points. Benning scored his best career start of 13th during the 2015 Mudsummer Classic, and finished 19th after rebounding from a late race spin. The end of the 2015 season was a struggle, as Benning missed four races late in the season. 2016 started with a DNQ at Daytona, followed by another DNQ at Atlanta. This is the worst start for Benning since 2012. Benning failed to qualify for six races in 2016; in addition to withdrawing from the Charlotte race. Benning missed the race in Texas by .016 seconds after getting knocked out by Austin Hill. After missing all the races in 2016, Benning partnered with MB Motorsports at Kentucky, where he was able to make the race, he started 30th and finished 28th. Benning later partnered with MB for several remaining races. 2016 was a struggle for Benning and his team, as he only managed to qualify for eight races, while failing to qualify for eight others, and withdrawing from five. 2017 began the same for Benning, missing the first 3 races of the season. Benning would make the 4th race of the season in Kansas after only 32 trucks showed up for the 32-truck field. However after that race he made every single race he attempted for the rest of the season. In 2018, Benning made every race until the regular season finale at Bristol. After Canada, he failed to make Las Vegas through Martinsville, and didn’t show up the rest of the season.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

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

Sprint Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
1989 O'Neil Racing 99 Chevy DAY CAR ATL RCH DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV
30
SON POC
30
MCH DAY POC
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV
31
MAR CLT NWS CAR PHO ATL
DNQ
53rd 216
1990 Hylton Motorsports 48 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR
DNQ
BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA -
1991 O'Neil Racing 63 Chevy DAY RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC
DNQ
TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL NA -
1993 O'Neil Racing 63 Olds DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR
39
BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CLT
DNQ
CAR
DNQ
PHO ATL
DNQ
87th 46
Norm Benning Racing 84 Olds DOV
DNQ
MAR NWS
1994 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR
DNQ
BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV
DNQ
POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND
DNQ
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CLT
DNQ
NA -
Ford DOV
DNQ
MAR NWS CAR
DNQ
PHO ATL
1995 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
DNQ
PHO ATL NA -
1996 T.R.I.X. Racing 79 Pontiac DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL SON CLT DOV POC MCH DAY NHA POC TAL IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR
DNQ
PHO ATL NA -
1997 Norm Benning Racing 84 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAR RCH ATL DAR TEX BRI MAR SON TAL CLT DOV POC MCH CAL DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT TAL CAR PHO ATL NA -
1998 T.R.I.X. Racing 79 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL CLT DOV RCH MCH POC SON NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI NHA DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT TAL DAY PHO CAR ATL NA -
1999 DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL DAR TEX BRI MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT TAL CAR PHO HOM ATL NA -
2000 Norm Benning Racing 84 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT TAL CAR PHO HOM
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
NA -
2001 DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MAR TAL PHO CAR HOM ATL NHA NA -
2002 DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL CAR PHO HOM NA -
2009 Norm Benning Racing 57 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 84th 0
2010 DAY
DNQ
CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 85th 0
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1997 Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet DNQ
1998 T.R.I.X. Racing Chevrolet DNQ
1999 DNQ
2000 Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet DNQ
2001 DNQ
2002 DNQ
2009 Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet DNQ
2010 DNQ

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch 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 34 NBSC Pts
2002 Norm Benning Racing 8 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM
DNQ
NA -
2003 84 DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH
DNQ
CAL RCH GTY NHA
36
PPR IRP
DNQ
MCH 121st 98
8 NZH
40
CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI BRI
DNQ
DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO
81 CAR
DNQ
HOM
2004 84 DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS DAR
DNQ
BRI TEX NSH
DNQ
TAL CAL GTY RCH 141st 49
81 NZH
38
CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO DAR
DNQ
HOM

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 24 25 NGOTC Pts
2002 Troxell Racing 93 Chevy DAY DAR MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP NSH
32
RCH TEX SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM 98th 67
2006 Lafferty Motorsports 89 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL ATL MAR GTY CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM NA -
2008 Norm Benning Racing 57 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH
34
BRI
DNQ
GTY NHA
33
LVS
30
ATL
31
TEX
28
PHO
34
HOM
35
46th 469
SS-Green Light Racing 0 Chevy TAL
32
MAR
2009 Norm Benning Racing 57 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAL
28
ATL
30
MAR
25
KAN
31
CLT
24
DOV
30
TEX
33
MCH
17
MLW
24
MEM
21
KEN
18
IRP
23
NSH
22
BRI
29
CHI
24
IOW
27
GTY
26
NHA
23
LVS
24
MAR
25
TAL
18
TEX
29
PHO
25
HOM
29
21st 2097
2010 DAY
25
ATL
25
MAR
23
NSH
31
KAN
24
DOV
23
CLT
24
TEX
17
MCH
28
IOW
22
GTY
25
IRP
22
POC
28
NSH
22
DAR
18
BRI
25
CHI
24
KEN
31
NHA
26
LVS
30
MAR
24
TAL
30
TEX
26
PHO
24
HOM
32
18th 2188
2011 DAY
36
PHO
27
DAR
26
MAR
27
NSH
DNQ
DOV
26
CLT
DNQ
KAN
33
TEX
35
KEN
31
IOW
26
NSH
25
IRP
31
POC
24
MCH
20
BRI
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
CHI
27
NHA
25
KEN
21
LVS
15
TAL
DNQ
MAR
29
TEX
DNQ
HOM
29
22nd 323
2012 DAY
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
CAR
30
KAN
28
CLT
DNQ
DOV
25
TEX
22
KEN
DNQ
IOW
24
CHI
25
POC
20
MCH
23
BRI
27
ATL
DNQ
IOW
25
KEN
15
LVS
18
TAL
15
MAR
31
TEX
26
PHO
19
HOM
29
21st 346
2013 DAY
17
MAR
33
CAR
33
KAN
26
CLT
DNQ
DOV
29
TEX
23
KEN
25
IOW
30
ELD
26
POC
28
MCH
22
BRI
33
MSP
20
IOW
28
CHI
32
LVS
26
TAL
12
MAR
29
TEX
30
PHO
24
HOM
28
20th 370
2014 DAY
20
MAR
28
KAN
18
CLT
17
DOV
28
TEX
22
GTW
22
KEN
26
IOW
26
17th 432
6 ELD
27
POC
20
MCH
22
BRI
25
MSP
22
CHI
27
NHA
27
LVS
24
TAL
20
MAR
25
TEX
28
PHO
28
HOM
34
2015 DAY
14
ATL
31
MAR
28
KAN
24
CLT
32
DOV
26
TEX
25
GTW
26
IOW
25
KEN
31
ELD
19
POC
22
MCH
27
BRI
24
MSP
21
CHI
22
NHA
DNQ
LVS
26
TAL
21
MAR
DNQ
TEX
27
PHO
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
20th 365
2016 DAY
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
KAN
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
CLT TEX
DNQ
IOW GTW ELD
DNQ
CHI
31
NHA 37th 51
63 KEN
28
POC
23
BRI MCH
27
MSP
20
LVS
26
TAL MAR TEX
32
PHO
26
HOM
DNQ
2017 6 DAY
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
KAN
24
CLT
26
DOV
26
TEX
17
GTW
22
IOW
22
KEN
32
ELD
13
POC
21
MCH
20
BRI
31
MSP
18
CHI
23
NHA
19
LVS
19
TAL
31
MAR
27
TEX
23
PHO
22
HOM
25
19th 279
2018 DAY
13
ATL
29
LVS
26
MAR
31
DOV
27
KAN
23
CLT
31
TEX
21
IOW
20
GTW
24
CHI
31
KEN
25
ELD
32
POC
25
MCH
21
BRI
DNQ
MSP
20
LVS
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
TEX PHO HOM 22nd 193
2019 DAY
DNQ
ATL
29
LVS
28
MAR
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
DOV
32
KAN
21
CLT TEX
17
IOW
24
GTW
25
CHI
29
KEN
DNQ
POC
22
ELD
22
MCH
32
BRI MSP
24
LVS TAL
18
MAR PHO HOM -* -*

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Re/Max 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 ARMC Pts
1989 O'Neil Racing 99 Chevy DAY ATL KIL TAL
DNQ
FRS POC KIL HAG POC TAL
DNQ
DEL FRS ISF TOL DSF SLM ATL NA -
1995 Norm Benning Racing 84 Chevy DAY ATL TAL FIF KIL FRS MCH I80 OWO FRS POC POC KIL FRS SBS LVL ISF DSF SLM WIN ATL
24
104th -
1996 DAY
DNQ
ATL
34
SLM TAL FIF LVL CLT
15
CLT
19
KIL FRS POC
8
MCH
20
FRS TOL POC
8
MCH
18
INF SBS ISF DSF KIL SLM
29
WIN
25
CLT
38
ATL
28
18th -
1997 DAY
DNQ
ATL
24
SLM
31
CLT
35
CLT
22
POC
26
MCH
36
SBS
21
TOL
21
KIL
19
FRS
22
MIN
13
POC
33
MCH
22
DSF
19
GTW
24
SLM
19
CLT
19
TAL
15
ISF
34
ATL
36
8th 3385
64 WIN
18
1998 84 DAY
29
ATL
12
SLM
14
CLT
29
MEM
8
MCH
39
POC
32
SBS
15
TOL
19
PPR
24
POC
36
KIL
20
FRS
16
ISF
7
ATL
21
DSF
12
SLM
16
TEX
13
WIN
14
CLT
38
TAL
23
ATL
32
8th 4035
1999 DAY
30
ATL
15
SLM
23
AND
12
CLT
27
MCH
22
POC
18
TOL
23
SBS
17
BLN
19
POC
15
KIL
15
FRS
16
FLM
16
ISF
6
WIN
11
DSF
10
SLM
28
CLT
26
TAL
23
ATL
20
10th 4135
2000 DAY
23
SLM
6
AND
8
CLT
25
KIL
8
FRS
17
MCH
15
POC
20
TOL
19
KEN
14
BLN
25
POC
11
WIN
22
ISF
10
KEN
15
DSF
7
SLM
23
CLT
24
TAL
9
ATL
32
9th 3950
2001 DAY
30
NSH
21
WIN
14
SLM
17
GTY
18
CLT
14
KAN
12
MCH
22
POC
23
MEM
11
KEN
11
MCH
20
POC
18
NSH
10
ISF
26
CHI
15
DSF
30
SLM
14
TOL
9
BLN
13
CLT
16
TAL
31
ATL
19
5th 4750
4 KEN
26
64 GLN
15
2002 84 DAY
33
ATL
25
NSH
18
SLM
10
KEN
14
CLT
22
KAN
14
POC
14
MCH
23
TOL
12
SBO
20
KEN
22
BLN
19
POC
30
NSH
20
ISF
6
WIN
9
DSF
21
CHI
16
SLM
21
TAL
21
CLT
26
10th 4230
2003 DAY
21
ATL
40
NSH
22
SLM
8
TOL
26
KEN
27
CLT
26
BLN
21
KAN
31
MCH
24
LER
16
POC
31
POC
40
NSH
25
ISF
5
WIN
14
DSF
4
CHI
21
SLM
8
TAL
18
CLT
28
SBO
8
13th 4015
2004 DAY
31
NSH
31
SLM
18
KEN
24
TOL
8
CLT
33
KAN
17
POC
17
MCH
21
SBO
4
BLN
11
KEN
28
GTW
14
POC
16
LER
11
NSH
22
ISF
3
DSF
7
CHI
19
SLM
4
TAL
25
10th 4445
7 TOL
9
2005 84 DAY
10
NSH
19
SLM
19
KEN
33
TOL
13
LAN
22
MIL
35
POC
13
MCH
23
KAN
19
KEN
30
BLN
18
POC
24
GTW
28
LER
25
NSH
31
MCH
22
ISF
13
TOL
19
DSF
23
CHI
19
SLM
20
TAL
20
11th 4050
2006 DAY
21
NSH
30
SLM
15
WIN
14
KEN
26
TOL
23
POC
35
MCH
30
KAN
17
KEN
19
BLN
20
POC
29
GTW
19
NSH
17
MCH
25
ISF
7
MIL
22
TOL
17
DSF
14
CHI
19
SLM
14
TAL
27
IOW
19
11th 4150
2007 DAY
24
USA
23
NSH
29
SLM
15
KAN
29
WIN
13
KEN
25
TOL
13
IOW
23
POC
22
MCH
26
BLN
18
KEN
30
POC
19
NSH
22
ISF
17
MIL
14
GTW
23
DSF
34
CHI
18
SLM
20
TAL
40
TOL
23
12th 3940
2008 DAY
31
SLM
10
IOW
21
KAN
26
CAR
26
KEN
24
TOL
22
POC
17
MCH
39
CAY
13
KEN
24
BLN
21
POC
31
NSH
23
ISF
27
DSF
20
CHI
25
SLM NJE
33
TAL
18
TOL
17
19th 3260
2009 DAY
10
SLM
14
CAR
32
TAL KEN TOL POC MCH MFD CAR
35
37th 770
8 IOW
35
KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Norm Benning Career Stats
  2. ^ Racing against time Archived 2010-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Pockrass, Bob (2013-07-25). "Norm Benning flips the bird, thrills Tony Stewart, fans at Eldora". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-07-28. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "2013 Inaugural Mudsummer Classic". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  5. ^ Remillard, Jason (August 8, 2013). "NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Norm Benning puts his truck from Eldora dirt race on EBay". The Republican. Springfield, MA. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  6. ^ http://espn.go.com/racing/raceresults/_/series/camping/raceId/201310190429

External linksEdit