Benny Gordon

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Benny Gordon
Benny Gordon at Thunder Valley.jpg
Gordon (right) at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015
BornBenjamin Gordon
(1970-11-29) November 29, 1970 (age 47)
DuBois, Pennsylvania
Achievements2005, 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Champion
2004, 2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division Champion
Awards2003 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
27 races run over 6 years
2017 position70th
Best finish34th (2012)
First race2009 Nashville 300 (Nashville)
Last race2017 PowerShares QQQ 300 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 2 years
2008 position99th
Best finish85th (2007)
First race2007 Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race2008 Ohio 250 (Mansfield)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 25, 2017.

Benjamin Gordon (born November 29, 1970) is an American professional stock car racing driver.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

NASCAR[edit]

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 No. 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 No. 24; for 2013, he was promoted to team manager and lead crew chief for the SR² team.[5]

SR² Motorsports shut down after 2013, leaving Gordon without work. He made one attempt in the Nationwide Series in 2014, failing to qualify the TriStar Motorsports No. 91 car at Daytona in July. In 2015, Gordon entered the season without a ride, but with the closure of Vision Racing, Gordon bought the team's assets and rebranded the team as PEG Racing. Gordon finished 13th in his first attempt at Talladega. Gordon also finished in the top-five at the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona in the same year. It was Gordon's best finish since Daytona in 2012. It was also Gordon's first top-five and -ten finish. Gordon later made three races including Bristol, Richmond, and Chicagoland but the results were poor. In 2016, Gordon drove one race for TriStar Motorsports in the No. 14 Toyota Camry at Daytona, and finished 35th due to a transmission issue.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2009 VSI Racing 72 Ford DAY CAL LVS BRI
DNQ
TEX NSH
36
PHO TAL RCH
37
DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN
DNQ
MLW NHA
31
DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW
12
GLN MCH BRI
18
CGV ATL RCH
30
DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
DNQ
75th 436
2011 Go Green Racing 04 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI
28
ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 74th 16
2012 SR² Motorsports 24 Toyota DAY
12
BRI
22
ATL
24
RCH CHI
29
KEN
32
DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 34th 198
Chevy PHO
27
LVS
30
BRI
24
CAL
22
TEX
33
RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI
31
IND IOW GLN CGV
2014 Martins Motorsports 67 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH
QL
ROA KEN NA -
TriStar Motorsports 91 Toyota DAY
DNQ
NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM
2015 Vision Racing 17 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
13
IOW CLT DOV MCH CHI 50th 60
PEG Racing 66 DAY
5
KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI
37
ROA DAR RCH
38
CHI
36
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2016 TriStar Motorsports 14 Toyota DAY
35
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
14
DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY
23
KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 47th 51
2017 44 DAY
27
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 70th 10
- Qualified for Tommy Joe Martins

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2007 Xpress Motorsports 16 Ford DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW
15
MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 85th 118
2008 North South Motorsports 66 Ford DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD
31
DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 99th 70

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

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. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-02-08.

External links[edit]

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