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Kyle Benjamin To Drive Manion-Owned Modified In Daytona's Battle
Posted by: newsla on Feb 12, 2014 - 04:47 PM
Kyle Benjamin To Drive Manion-Owned Modified In Daytona's Battle

16-year-old racecar driver Kyle Benjamin, joined by partner RainEater Wiper Blades, will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified debut in the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, Feb. 18. He will climb behind the wheel of one of the most ubiquitous front-running cars in Modified racing's biggest events, the No. 7NY GP Racing entry owned by Gary Putnam and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion.


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RainEater Wiper Blades will also adorn Benjamin's No. 71 Super Late Model in the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway for seven nights of action spanning from Friday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 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.) International 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."

The No. 7NY has seen the likes of Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, J.J. Yeley and Kyle Larson pilot the entry in recent years. Newman captured four Whelen Tour victories for Manion across 2010 and 2011. In last year's inaugural Battle, Larson set fast time in qualifying and won his heat race, but finished 16th in the feature race after starting from the front row. Manion seeks a win this year in the exhibition event.

"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."

RainEater Wiper Blades reunites with Benjamin after riding shotgun with him in his NASCAR debut in the K&N Pro Series East race last fall at Dover International Speedway. Benjamin finished third.

"RainEater Wiper Blades is thrilled to work with and to continue to support Kyle Benjamin," said Amanda Daniels, Director of Marketing for RainEater Wiper Blades. "His drive and success at such a young age is inspiring and personifies the spirit of our own company. We're excited to see this talented young man race and we're honored that he'll be representing the RainEater Wiper Blades brand."

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