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Pennzoil Pontiac Race Preview: Benson Heads for Bristol

19 August 1997

Johnny Benson's Improvement

Comparison of  Pennzoil Pontiac driver Johnny Benson's first 21 races 
in 1996 & 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup seasons

      Avg    Avg     % of laps
      Start  Finish  finished  DNF Top-10s Poles  Points

1996*  20.2   20.1    89%       3    5      1     2,028/23rd

1997   23.8   17.4    97%       2    5      1     2,360/12th

* Does not include missed race at Bristol

Benson on:

...qualifying vs. race setups:

   "Last year we qualified better than we raced. This year has been 
the opposite. I hope last week's pole is the start of something new 
although we certainly have run better at Michigan than we did Sunday. 
We are trying to find the best of both worlds regarding qualifying and 
the race set-up.  If I had to pick which one I prefer to do better in, 
it would be the race since it pays more than qualifying."

...sophomore jinx:

   "I have never believed in any sophomore jinxes. It seems wherever I 
have raced my second year has been pretty good be it late model, ASA 
or the Busch series."


   "Experience is everything is this sport. There are many tracks that 
require a lot of experience to do well. Last year we might have had a 
good car going into the race but I was unprepared to know how the 
weather changes or the rubber build-up changes the handling 
characteristics of the track. This year, I know what to expect and can 
anticipate better than I could last year. You learn each time out. 
Next year it should be even better and the following year will be even 
better than that."

Benson's Winston Cup Record at Bristol


1996 Races      S    F    LC    TL     Status    Money

Food City 500   DNQ 
Goodys 500      29  28    465   500    Running   $24,635

1997 Races      S    F    LC    TL     Status    Money

Food City 500   33  31    455   500    Running   $21,815

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