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Kyle Benjamin Becomes Youngest Pole Winner in ARCA Series History

May 20, 2013

CORNELIUS, N.C. (May 20, 2013) - 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin became the youngest pole winner in the 61-year history of the ARCA Series this weekend at Toledo Speedway when he qualified his Venturini Motorsports entry first for yesterday's Menards 200 by Federated Car Care. In three career ARCA races, he has averaged a 2.3-place qualifying starting spot.

He led 22 laps in Sunday's race before a broken rear gear ended his day on lap 67.

Benjamin has competed in 12 Super Late Model races this season with six resulting in victory and four in runner-up finishes. He has averaged a 3.5-place finish in completed races versus nationally recognized competition.

His next events will be back-to-back Southern Super Series races. He will compete at Five Flags (FL) Speedway this Friday and Mobile (AL) International Speedway on Saturday.

Benjamin, on his pole-winning run... "It was smooth. I wasn't expecting that. I was thinking we would run a .90 (15.90), but when they came on and said it was an 0.80 (15.872), it was really cool."

Who is Kyle Benjamin?

Benjamin is a barnstorming 15-year-old Super Late Model driver, who will run a sweeping national slate of Late Model races in 2013, in addition to five ARCA Series events. Hailing from Easley, South Carolina, Benjamin scored six Super Late Model victories in 2012 across four different racetracks: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Winchester Speedway, Mobile International Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway. He was voted as the "Number One Pick" in the 2013 Speed51.com Short Track Draft by a panel of short track racing writers and analysts.
For more information, please visit kylebenjamin.com.

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