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Kyle Benjamin Scores at Salem for Second ARCA Victory

Sep 16, 2013

CORNELIUS, N.C. (September 16, 2013) - 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin scored his second ARCA Series win of 2013 at Salem Speedway after passing for the lead with nine laps to go. Piloting an entry for Venturini Motorsports, he led 70 laps (out of 200) in total, after starting 18th, in Saturday's event.

The victory was his ninth of the year across all series. He previously won at Madison International Speedway in August, becoming the youngest winner in ARCA Series history. He became the youngest pole winner in series history earlier this season at Toledo.

"I didn't know what we had at the beginning, starting 18th and coming up through the field, but after making laps, we got to the front," said Benjamin, who qualified fourth but was penalized for a post-qualifying adjustment. "We didn't fall off much and they starting backing up towards us. After the first pit stop, we cycled out as the leader and our two fresh tires made the difference in holding off the No. 11 car."

Benjamin will make his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start on Friday, September 27 at Dover International Speedway, driving for Ken Schrader Racing.

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, S.C., 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.

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