Norm Benning Racing
Linda Nicholas(owner of 57)
|Series||Sprint Cup Series
Camping World Truck Series
|Race drivers||6. Norm Benning
57. Adam Edwards/Ted Minor
|Latest race||2015 Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 (Atlanta)|
The team has yet to make a Sprint Cup race. They made four Nationwide races from 2003–2004. The team's most successful series has been the Truck Series, after successfully making 7 of the 8 races they attempted in 2008. The team ran the full Truck season making 24 of the 25 races and finishing 21st in points. Benning once again attempted the Daytona 500 in 2010 but failed to qualify. The team attempted to race the 2010 Truck season full-time in the #57 and had a good degree of success, gaining locked-in for a few races in owner points. For 2011 the team struggled to make some races early in the year. Later on the team began fielding a second truck, the #75 starting at Iowa.
Sponsorship and number
The team has had little success in finding sponsorship. They mainly function on week by week deals with a number of different companies. However, there is currently an ongoing fundraiser that is attempting to help the Facebook page NASCAR Memes sponsor Benning's #6 for the 2014 Talladega race.
In the past few years, Benning has raced the #57 in all races he enters under the Norm Benning Racing banner. Starting in the second half of 2014, Norm Benning Racing will field the #6 instead of 57. The former 75 is now running as the 57 with multiple drivers.
Benning began fielding his own equipment in NASCAR in the late 1980s, finding very little success because of lacking sponsorship and mediocre equipment. Benning attempted just about every Daytona 500 from 1994 to most recently in 2011, and was not successful in qualifying, whether it was due to mechanical failures, not transferring in through the duels, or being forced to withdraw from the race because his car did not meet minimum speed. Since 2002, Norm Benning Racing has fielded a truck. Beginning in 2009, Norm has run the full schedule despite having poor performing equipment and little to no funding. Beginning in 2011, Norm began fielding a second truck on a part time basis to help fund the 57. In the 2013 Mudsummer Classic, Norm Benning and his team gained media attention when he beat Clay Greenfield to qualify in the 30th position. Midway through 2014, Norm changed the iconic 57 to number 6 for the primary truck, while the 75 began running as number 57.
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