CORNELIUS, N.C. — Sixteen-year-old race car driver Kyle Benjamin will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona Int’l Speedway Feb. 18.
Benjamin will drive the familiar No. 7ny GP Racing entry owned by Gary Putnam and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion.
RainEater Wiper Blades will adorn both the modified and Benjamin’s No. 71 super late model during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway Feb. 14-22.
Benjamin captured 15 victories, including two in the ARCA Series in 2013, over the last two years. His win last season at Madison (Wis.) Int’l Speedway made him the youngest winner in ARCA Series history.
“This is a really cool opportunity for me and I’m grateful that ‘Bono’ wants me in his car for such a high-profile event,” said Benjamin. “He only puts the best all-around racers in his car, so to join that list is a privilege.”
Kyle Larson drove the No. 7ny in the Battle at the Beach last year.
“Putting this car on the track is a thrill for me, and to put a talented, hungry young kid like Kyle in the car is a great reward,” said Manion. “He’s new to the world of modifieds, but he isn’t a novice on short tracks. We expect him to contend for a win.”