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Kyle Benjamin Voted Top 10 on Speed 51’s Short Track Draft

May 02, 2016

Pick #7
Kyle Benjamin
Age: 17
Hometown: Easley, South Carolina
Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Twitter: @KyleBenjamin71

When an NFL team has a draft pick in the lower half of the top 10, a lot of times you see them draft players that stick around for all four years of their college eligibility.  These are players that may have wowed scouts as underclassmen and then underperformed during their junior season.  But then their senior year comes around, and all of a sudden those players are once again performing well in the biggest moments to bring their draft stock back up.

That is similar to how things have gone for former number-one Short Track Draft pick Kyle Benjamin the last few seasons.  The 18-year-old stormed up the draft lists of many of our experts in 2013 when he won two ARCA races for Venturini Motorsports and dominated the Pete Orr Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway.

But at this time last year, there were a few question marks about Benjamin after being unable to come up with a big win in 2014. But all that changed in the blink of an eye when he came up with a clutch moment, winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in front of the NASCAR world at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN).

To kick off the 2016 season, Benjamin has already shown an impressive amount of consistency that currently has him leading the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings four races into the season.

When you take a step back, you see that Benjamin is still very ripe at 18 years old.  He still has a lot of potential, including a shot a championship this season.  And his personality has improved vastly through the years.

In the eyes of our expert panel, Benjamin is still one of the top short track prospects in North America.  Twenty-five industry experts included him on their 2016 ballot with 12 of those voters placing him in the top five.

(From Speed51.com) Full Story Here

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