ARCA: Benjamin Returns to Salem with Confidence

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April 26, 2014 – By Doug Donnelly, — ARCA photo — SALEM, Ind. – Kyle Benjamin made a rookie mistake on his first race in an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards car at Salem Speedway last year. It’s only been a year, but, for Benjamin, it’s all in the past.

Benjamin, 16, was leading spring race at Salem last year when, coming off of pit road, he entered the track at the wrong spot, and received a three-lap penalty. It effectively put him out of the running for the win. When the ARCA cars returned to Salem in the fall, ARCA officials decided to put cones up on that part of the track so drivers do not try to enter at that location again.

“That’s behind us now,” Benjamin laughed. “We’re going to call those the K.B. Cones now.”

One of the reasons Benjamin can put that incident behind him was he won the fall race at Salem Speedway. It was the second win for Benjamin, who holds the distinction of being the youngest winner in series history.

“It’s cool to come back here after a win, knowing that you can get the job done,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin will drive the No. 17 in Sunday’s Federated Car Care 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter. He drove for Venturini Motorsports in 2013, but in the off-season signed to drive with the Roulo Brothers as a Rousch Fenway development driver. He made his debut with Roulo Brothers in Mobile, finishing second behind winner Grant Enfinger.

“Things are going very well with the Roulo Brothers,” Benjamin said. “The communication has been good and having a guy like Gary Roulo behind you is great. I’m really proud of all of the guys at the shop and what they’ve been able to do to put these cars together.”

Benjamin’s teammate this weekend is another 16-year-old, Kyle Weatherman. Weatherman finished second in the spring race at Salem in 2013 and finished right behind Benjamin in the fall race.

Practice for the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter is from 12 to 12:45 p.m. and again from 1:15 to 2 p.m. For live timing and scoring, be sure to stay on

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