By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
Niece Motorsports has signed NASCAR Next alumnus Kyle Benjamin for seven NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races.
Benjamin’s first opportunity behind the wheel of the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado will be Texas Motor Speedway June 7. He will also pilot the flagship Niece Motorsports truck at Iowa Speedway, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Easley, SC native has two starts in the Truck Series. Both of Benjamin’s starts came at Martinsville Speedway with DGR – Crosley Group. He earned the organization’s best finish to date, second, after a thrilling battle in his Truck Series debut with John Hunter Nemechek.. Benjamin finished fifth in his other start.
“I’m excited to get back to the Truck Series, especially with Niece Motorsports,” said Benjamin. “This team has had an incredibly strong start to the 2019 season, so I feel fortunate to continue to build on that momentum and hopefully put together some solid finishes.”
In addition to his two truck starts, Benjamin also has 23 ARCA Menards Series starts and eight NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. In Xfinity, he has two top-five and three top-10 finishes. In ARCA competition, Benjamin has three victories, nine top-five, and 17 top-10 finishes.
One of Benjamin’s five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories came at Iowa, where he will make his second Truck start of 2019 for Al Niece. In 33 total starts, he has 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, as well as six pole positions. Benjamin’s best season finish came in 2016 when he finished second in the championship standings.
“Kyle has been successful in everything he’s run,” said General Manager Cody Efaw. “We are excited to have him on board and are looking forward to running strong with Kyle and hopefully contending for some wins.”
Benjamin joins Angela Ruch, Reid Wilson, Ross Chastain, and Timothy Peters as drivers of Niece Motorsports equipment this season. Chastain and the No. 45 Chevrolet have finished every race so far this season in the top-10.