Benson Finds Stability With MB2

HARRISBURG, N.C. -- The trials and tribulations of Johnny Benson's career may be partly over.

From sponsorship issues that made him drive an all-white car at the Daytona 500, to constant questions regarding next season, Benson has never rested this season.

However, with MB2 Motorsports' acquisition of a substantial part of Tyler Jet Motorsports assets earlier this week, Benson joins a stable team that already runs Ken Schrader's venerable M&M's car No. 36.

"Man this is as good as it gets," said Benson. "To go from an unsponsored team to being part of MB2 and all the resources it brings to the table is fantastic."

Benson led 38 laps in the Daytona 500, finished sixth at Las Vegas, and second at Bristol. The 37-year-old Michigan native has campaigned an all-white car since the Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 1.

He said MB2's acquisition brings stability and a wealth of resources to the race team. Both teams will continue to race Pontiacs powered by engines from Hendrick Motorsports.

"Our outlook for the remainder of the year and beyond is as positive as it has ever been," Benson said. "This is the best I have ever felt about my career in NASCAR. Kenny and I do a television show each week and part of the reason I wanted to do this deal is because of Kenny. If you had to pick a teammate Kenny would be my first choice."

Benson said all of his crew at Tyler Jet Motorsports will continue to work out of the same shop near Lowes Motor Speedway for the balance of 2000. MB2 plans on building a shop near the Concord, N.C. airport to house both teams.

"I think everyone knows the trend in Winston Cup is toward multi-car teams," said MB2 co-owner Read Morton. "We are constantly looking down the road to determine what we need to do to make MB2 successful in the future and we decided that a multi-car team is where we had to go."
Morton said MB2 is looking for a sponsor for Benson s car for the rest of the 2000 season. He expects an announcement later this summer regarding 2001 sponsorship. Morton said negotiations with Tyler Jet Motorsports owner Tim Beverley began almost a month ago and concluded this week with a deal that benefits both parties.

"Tim s team had the performance that we were looking for and we brought the other resources they were looking for so it makes a good match," Morton said. "Tim will be a minority owner of the #10 Pontiac."

Nelson Bowers, Tom Beard, and Morton co-own MB2 Motorsports. Jay Frye assumes the duties of general manager for the #10 and #36 teams. He has served as MB2 s general manager since its inception in 1996.

Beverley, 43, purchased Darrell Waltrip's team in 1998 and renamed it Tyler Jet Motorsports.

"Most of my success in life comes from refurbishing pre-owned airplanes and selling them," Beverley said. "The way I look at my experience in NASCAR is that I did just what I do in the airplane business. I bought a team whose future looked bleak in 1998 and turned it into a top 15 team. But, the grind of racing seven days a week 52 weeks a year took its toll. MB2 is a fine team and I wish both cars a lot of success in the future. I m not leaving NASCAR. I m just taking a rest. I ll see you at the race track."

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