Truck Series leader Johnny Benson leaving his team at end of the year

There are 14 comments on the Nov 5, 2008, blog.al.com story titled Truck Series leader Johnny Benson leaving his team at end of the year. In it, blog.al.com reports that:

Johnny Benson, who is leading the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by six points over Ron Hornaday with two races to go, is parting ways with Bill Davis Racing at the end of the year.

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Mary

Manquin, VA

#21 Nov 11, 2008
It may seem weird, but it seems the person who wrote this article explains how I've been feeling the past couple of weeks & more:

http://www.frontstretch.com/vpugliese/21565/

This dude was able to express in a emotion I couldn't, & I appreciate that, & if Hornaday does win, so be it, because one of my friends, Maro, is a huge Hornaday fan.

Meanwhile, I STILL have not gotten my answer as to why Johnny is leaving!...
Bryan

Sarnia, Canada

#22 Nov 11, 2008
Johnny will do what's best for Johnny, whether that'll be in a truck, nationwide or sprint cup car or even just sprint cars on his own track in Berlin. Right now I'm just stressed for this race on friday.
imo

UK

#23 Nov 11, 2008
Bryan wrote:
Johnny will do what's best for Johnny, whether that'll be in a truck, nationwide or sprint cup car or even just sprint cars on his own track in Berlin. Right now I'm just stressed for this race on friday.
I would be Johnny isn't very good.
Mary

Manquin, VA

#24 Nov 12, 2008
imo wrote:
<quoted text>I would be Johnny isn't very good.
I'm curious!

Do you get the SPEED channel in the UK? If you don't, do you watch the Truck series? If you do, what station?

Be sure to watch the race on Friday, if you can! I will!
Bryan

Sarnia, Canada

#25 Nov 12, 2008
imo wrote:
<quoted text>I would be Johnny isn't very good.
Alright I'm worried about what you would call "good" then. This guy has so much talent and is incredably underrated. You're just a jackass who doesn't know anything about talent let alone racing.

“global warming is a hoax”

Since: Apr 08

knoxville

#26 Nov 12, 2008
LGR wrote:
So he's not retiring just leaving Bill Davis racing? This puzzles me I don't watch the truck races a lot but didn't he have decent equipment all year?
he did for part of the season.
but lately hornaday and K.H.I. have been outrunning them by a longshot.
Mary

Manquin, VA

#27 Nov 13, 2008
Earl Keese wrote:
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he did for part of the season.
but lately hornaday and K.H.I. have been outrunning them by a longshot.
True, but the fact of the matter is NASCAR penalized Toyota for no reason & that's the only reason that's been happening.

I have a feeling that might be part of the reason JB is leaving BDR at the end of the year... & I don't blame him! NASCAR has a habit of trying to screw some drivers a lot, just to satisfy others. Unfortunately, it seems my drivers are on the top of that list.

I am hopeful Johnny can stop Ron one more time & win the title, after all, he IS the defending winner of the Homestead Truck race!...

“global warming is a hoax”

Since: Apr 08

knoxville

#28 Nov 13, 2008
Mary wrote:
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True, but the fact of the matter is NASCAR penalized Toyota for no reason & that's the only reason that's been happening.
I have a feeling that might be part of the reason JB is leaving BDR at the end of the year... & I don't blame him! NASCAR has a habit of trying to screw some drivers a lot, just to satisfy others. Unfortunately, it seems my drivers are on the top of that list.
I am hopeful Johnny can stop Ron one more time & win the title, after all, he IS the defending winner of the Homestead Truck race!...
i agree fully.

but i'm torn,as i like em' both.

i've always liked benson from way back in his busch series days.
i think he was used and abused by rousch in the winston cup series, ending what could have been a much better career at that level.

and ron hornaday is everything nascar drivers used to be back in the hey day.
a racer from the drop of the green flag to the drop of the checkered flag, points be d@mned.

it'll be the only race i watch this weekend.
kitty

Waverly, OH

#29 Nov 13, 2008
Does anyone know what race team Johnny is going to next year. I heard on sirius that he is going to Top Dog or Red Dog or something like that. Can't really remember.
Mary

Manquin, VA

#30 Nov 14, 2008
Earl Keese wrote:
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i agree fully.
but i'm torn,as i like em' both.
i've always liked benson from way back in his busch series days.
i think he was used and abused by rousch in the winston cup series, ending what could have been a much better career at that level.
and ron hornaday is everything nascar drivers used to be back in the hey day.
a racer from the drop of the green flag to the drop of the checkered flag, points be d@mned.
it'll be the only race i watch this weekend.
Another reason I don't like Roush! I don't believe he likes the REAL good guys, & some of the drivers he has now, in my mind, are brainwashed! He also showed me how much he doesn't like Benson by letting Darnell's team help Hornaday... & he says doesn't like Hornaday either! He can say this is a Toyota deal all he wants! I KNOW he doesn't like Benson, & that's one of many reasons I don't like him!

My buddy Maro, a Hornaday fan, is really scared about this, because she thinks either my driver wins becuase of an overaggressive move by her driver, or her driver wins & I get mad at her for it. Silly Maro!
kitty wrote:
Does anyone know what race team Johnny is going to next year. I heard on sirius that he is going to Top Dog or Red Dog or something like that. Can't really remember.
I've heard JB is going to a team called Red Horse racing (David Starr's team). That's the team you're probably thinking of...
Mary

Manquin, VA

#31 Dec 9, 2008
Yahoo, good news!

We got an answer about JB's future!

http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/truck...

http://www.mlive.com/autoracing/index.ssf/200...

Congratulations David Starr, the champ is your teammate!^_^

Since: May 09

Wolfe City, Tx

#32 Jun 9, 2009
Johnny Benson, Trip Bruce question decision to disband No. 1 Red Horse Racing team
By Jared Turner - SceneDaily, June 08, 2009
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Benson and crew chief Trip Bruce weren't happy to learn they were being released by Red Horse Racing as part of team majority owner Tom DeLoach's decision to shut down the organization' s No. 1 Truck team.Nor was the pair totally surprised when DeLoach announced on Monday morning that the team was suspending operations because of a lack of sponsorship on Benson's truck.What Benson and Bruce don't quite understand, however, is why DeLoach disbanded their group and chose to keep the organization & other team, the No. 11 group of driver T.J. Bell, intact. In addition to being higher in points, Benson is also the defending series champion, having won the 2008 title at Bill Davis Racing, where he spent two years with Bruce atop his pit box. The two moved to Red Horse together in the offseason after Triad Racing Technologies bought
BDR and decided not to field a Truck team.
The 11 is running without a sponsor and so are we, so, yeah, a bit of a shock, but that's OK, Benson said in a phone interview with SceneDaily.com Monday. It's his (DeLoach's) race team. Hes going to do what he wants. DeLoach, a retired Mobil Oil executive who founded Red Horse Racing in 2005 along with co-owner Jeff Hammond, brought Benson and Bruce over to Red Horse as a package deal for the organization' s new No. 1 team in 2009. After initial talks of running only a partial schedule, the team had planned to run the full season and compete for the series championship. Tom had talked a good deal about trying to bring us over there, said Benson, a winner of 14 races in NASCAR;s No. 3 series.
He's the one that came over and courted us to come over there to try to help out and make a championship- contender race team. It was plans in
the making; he just changed his mind on moving forward, and I'm sure sponsorship had a lot to do with it. I find it hard to believe there's a lot of teams out there getting sponsorship and things of this nature and us not being able to get one, being the defending champions, so that lies back in his hands. A car chief, shock specialist and two body hangers were also let go when the team suspended operations, Bruce said. We were told it was a lack of sponsorship. He was just going to shut it down and fire me and Johnny and the core of our group, so he did, and that's about all I know, Bruce said of DeLoach. I just walked out. I work in a forward pace, and thats tough for
some people. Everybody wants to win, but some people don't really want to win that bad, you know, and it's tough. I don't know. It may have
been overwhelming for him - what it actually takes to win. Pt1

Since: May 09

Wolfe City, Tx

#33 Jun 9, 2009
pt2
Benson and Bruce had been pretty pleased with how their season had been going over the first eight races. Despite being seventh in points, Benson was just 155 points out of the lead. And the Grand Rapids, Mich., native was coming off a fourth-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Bell has one top-10 to Benson's four and is 20th in the standings.
I don't know if anybody realizes it at Red Horse or not, but I don't pay attention to those points, but th re was an opportunity to put a
back-to-back drivers championship together - at the least, Bruce said Monday. That opportunity was there for that, and it's not anymore as of a few hours ago, so I don't understand that part. That's a little confusing. You take the worst of two performing teams, and you get rid of the good one. Benson, who says he had a three-year contract with Red Horse, says he hopes to land another ride - possibly even with Bruce as his crew chief again. Where Benson might drive next, though, he doesn't know.He doesn't expect to compete in Saturday's Truck race at Michigan.
Seeing I just found out about this, I haven't a clue yet, he said. I don't have my own truck, so I would dare have to say probably not unless somebody else is fired.
fading fan

United States

#34 Jun 9, 2009
I read where Red Horse had a sponsor (a gun Manufacter) lined up and Nascar shot it down(no pun Intended) If this is true it is another example of Nascar caving to political correctness and losing touch with their core fan base. Does Jesse Jackson still give Nascar its marching orders?

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