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15-Year-Old Kyle Benjamin Wins ARCA Racing Series Race at Salem Speedway

September 14th, 2013 at 10:26 PM
By Mark Eddinger

For the second time in the 2013 ARCA Racing Series 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin raced to victory lane. This time it was on Saturday in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway.

Benjamin drove the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota past Kyle Weatherman on lap 192 of 200 and then sealed the deal to pick up his second career win.

Weatherman finished in second for the second straight week. He found himself in the lead after a late race caution. He stayed on the track while leader Kyle Benjamin pitted for two tires. 

“We got two tires and a few of the guys I was racing against stayed out,” Benjamin said. “It was a great call by my crew chief, Kevin Reed. Tires are so big here. Kyle was hard to pass for about five laps, but once the tires came to me, I knew I could get by him.”

Frank Kimmel fought back from a lap down to finish in the third position as he moves closer to his 10th ARCA Championship. It was also his 29th consecutive top ten finish. Ken Schrader finished fourth as the last lead lap car. Mason Mitchell took fifth as the first car one lap down. Josh Williams finished sixth, Michael Lira seventh, and Trevor Edwards was eighth in his first career start. Mason Mingus finished two laps down in ninth.

Austin Wayne Self led the first 26 laps of the race but finished tenth. Justin Boston was the pole winner and led 19 laps in the race but retired with transmission issues and finished in 23rd. Chris Buescher also led 19 laps but experienced brake problems that ended his race with an 18th place finish.

Other notables in the finishing order were Caleb Armstrong in 11th, Will Kimmel 12th, and Tom Hessert 19th after a lap 114 crash.

For Benjamin it was the last start for him in the ARCA Racing Series this season because the final two races at Kentucky and Kansas are on tracks he is too young to race at.

The ARCA Racing Series next races at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, September 20th for the ZLOOP 150 for the 20th of 21 races on the season.

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Tags: ARCA Racing Series, Austin Wayne Self, Chris Buescher, Frank Kimmel, Justin Boston, Ken Schrader, Kyle Benjamin, Kyle Weatherman, Mason Mingus, Mason Mitchell, Motorsports, Salem Speedway, Venturini Motorsports

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