Funding Issues Block Benson’s Return to Truck Racing
Veteran NASCAR driver Johnny Benson announced in September that he would make his long anticipated return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012, driving the No. 66 Chevrolet Silverado for Turn One Racing with major sponsorship from his home state and Pure Michigan. Although Benson acknowledged that the deal was not quite done and full season sponsorship was lacking, it now appears that the deal has fallen through.
“We were really looking forward to bringing the 2008 Champion back to the sport,” said Team Owner, Stacy Compton. “It’s unfortunate that the financing fell through and we’re not going to be able to campaign a championship winning effort for him. Everyone was working hard to try and pull this deal together, but it just fell short.”
As a result, Compton and his Turn One team now have a vacant seat for the 2012 season. “We are looking at several drivers and sponsorship scenarios for next season,” he explained. “We are looking at all of our options and are excited about the opportunities that we have in front of us. We have no doubt that we will be a top contending team again in 2012.”
Compton expects to make an announcement regarding 2012 in the coming weeks.