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JGR Taps Benjamin, 19, for Four-Race Xfinity Slate

Apr 05, 2017
April 05, 2017 at 05.00 PM
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Wednesday that NASCAR Next product Kyle Benjamin will drive in four NASCAR XFINITY Series events for the team this season.
The 19-year-old Benjamin is scheduled for his XFINITY debut April 29 at Richmond International Raceway, driving JGR's No. 20 Toyota. He'll also race the No. 20 at Pocono Raceway (June 10) before taking a turn behind the wheel of the team's No. 18 Toyota at Iowa Speedway (July 29) and Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 23).
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to drive a Toyota in the XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing," Benjamin said in a release provided by the team. "This is going to be an incredible experience. JGR is a first-class organization, and I'm looking forward to learning about how they operate and prepare for each race."
Benjamin finished second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last season, netting three victories and five pole positions in 14 races. The Easley, South Carolina native is also a two-time winner in ARCA competition who has built upon his success as a prodigy working his way up through go-karts, Bandoleros and Super Late Model ranks.
"Kyle has proven to be a quick learner throughout his career," said Steve deSouza, JGR's executive vice president of XFINITY and development. "All you have to do is look at his history and it's rather impressive to see how quickly success came to him at each stage of his development. We're excited to have him make his debut with our XFINITY program."
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