The story broke three weeks ago, about Johnny Benson leaving Bill Davis Racing at the end of 2008 and you have to ask yourself's why would he leave.
In fiver years, with the team, he's compiled in 113 starts, 14 wins, six poles, 50 top fives, 72 top 10 finishes, and a championship. The last three years, he finished the season in points second, third, and first respectively.
Benson's run better than Ron Hornaday over the same period of time, and with the addition of Trip Bruce in 2007. You would have to be crazy to make the move of leaving.
So via the Internet, looked it up on NASCAR.com and read the, "Benson To Leave BDR After Season-Win or Lose" article.
These five comments, popped out as I read:
1. Possible retirement, other options on the table.
2. Ten races, part-time schedule in the Sprint Cup, pays more money than the entire truck season.
3. I'm opting to try and do something different.
4. But there's a couple of other little issues.
5. Obviously, I'd really like to get a truck championship, so if we can get that done this year that'd be great.
So I bookmarked it, but my gut told me, this is a silly season deal and wait to see what happens. So when I found this rumor, while looking for new items for my camping World Update I write, I made a note of it and just tucked it away.
But with the season over, I thought you got it written, might as well just publish it and it will have to be announced over the next couple of weeks. So the team has everything ready to go for Daytona in February.
First was the rumor, about Johnny Benson would be replacing David Starr in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing truck. But it was denied by both drivers, with Zachry resigning for 2009, and Starr announced as driver it was proven wrong.
Now the team was correct, it's just, that it's in a second team truck and a teammate to David Starr. This rumor is from siruis-speedway.com, still needs to be confirmed and my guess Red Horse Racing will be announcing it with in the next two weeks.
Johnny Benson, along with his current crew chief Trip Bruce, the majority of the 23 team are all leaving Bill Davis Racing and going to Red Horse Racing. It's also possible that his truck will be sponsored by one of his current sponsors, Toyota Certified Used Vehicles and Toyota will announce it shortly probably beat both JB and RHR confirming it.
I'm glad, I took a casuel approach to his leaving BDR, didn't juggle my writing projects around to rush the news out about his leaving.
Also if it's true, this is why Bill Davis is upset about JB leaving. He'll basically have to rebuild the 23 team and not just replace a driver.