Defending Champ Benson loses his ride

Posted by Genna | Posted in , , | Posted on 6/08/2009


Defending Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Benson has lost his ride. Red Horse Racing has had to shut down the #1 truck team. Sad news for Benson and RHR who had thought that their sponsor was secured before the start of the season. However, the sponsor had to pull out due to a slumping economy.

"This leaves me without a ride, I'd say, and not a lot of time to put something together," Benson said.

Red Horse had been working to secure a sponsor since December and had been unsuccessful. Benson left his former team, Bill Davis Racing with which he won his 2008 championship, due to similar reasons. Davis sold the team but the new owners have yet to enter a race.

Benson believed that Red Horse gave him the opportunity to defend his championship but has been unable to perform. Still, he sits 7th in the standings and has come off of a 4th place finish at Texas. He’s had 5 top 10 finishes this season and  top 5s in just 8 races. Seven of these races have been run without a primary sponsor on the truck.

The #1 truck team will be shut down immediately, however Red Horse Racing will continue to field the #11 truck of T.J. Bell as it has some, although not full time, support.

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