Benny Gordon

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Benny Gordon
Born (1970-11-29) November 29, 1970 (age 43)
DuBois, Pennsylvania, United States
Achievements 2005, 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Champion
2004, 2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division Champion
Awards 2003 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
18 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Car no., team No. 24 - SR² Motorsports
2012 position 34th
Best finish 34th (2012)
First race 2009 Nashville 300 (Nashville)
Last race 2012 Kentucky 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 85th (2007)
First race 2007 Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2008 Ohio 250 (Mansfield)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 25, 2012.

Benny Gordon (born November 29, 1970 in DuBois, Pennsylvania) is an American stock car racing driver, who currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Prior to moving up to NASCAR's big leagues, Gordon competed in the NASCAR-sanctioned Slim Jim All Pro Series in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[1] Good runs in the series allowed him to move up to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series,[1] where he was Rookie of the Year in 2003. He went on to win the Northern Division in four of the following five seasons, except for 2007 where he finished second. He would add overall series championships in 2005 and 2008.

Gordon's first NASCAR national touring series race was in the Camping World Truck Series (then Craftsman Truck Series) in 2007 at the Milwaukee Mile, where he finished 15th. It was his only Truck Series start that season. He returned for one more Truck Series start the following year, finishing 31st at Mansfield Motorsports Park, a track where he has won multiple USAR races.

In 2009, Gordon left USARacing full-time to enter his own team in the Nationwide Series. Driving the #72 Ford Fusion, he has made six starts and finished in the top 20 twice, with a best finish of 12th at Iowa Speedway.

After making one start in the series in 2011, Gordon returned to the Nationwide Series in 2012, driving the No. 24 SR² Motorsports Toyota on a part-time basis.[2] He finished 12th in the series' season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway;[3] he filed to run for Rookie of the Year in the series shortly thereafter.[4] However, without sponsorship, Gordon moved to the position of crew chief, hiring other sponsored drivers to drive the #24; for 2013, he was promoted to team manager and lead crew chief for the SR² team.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Caraviello, David (September 16, 2009). "Back of Nationwide garage feels like big time to some". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  2. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (February 12, 2012). "Nationwide Series". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ Moody, Walt (May 24, 2012). "Philipsburg's Tim Bainey finds Nationwide ride". Centre Daily Times. State College, PA. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ Rodman, Dave (March 15, 2012). "Owners' points race starting to tighten up". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Blake Koch Returning With SR² Motorsports". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. February 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Clay Rogers
USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Clay Rogers
Preceded by
Bobby Gill
USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Clay Rogers