Solid But Not Pretty

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It wasn’t exciting or even very pretty at times.

But Johnny Benson's ninth-place finish Saturday night looked like a work of art on paper after the race.

Benson spent most of the 400-lap race between 10th and 15th turning consistent lap times and waging some fender-to-fender duals. While others encountered troubles, Benson and his teammates stayed safe and used quick pit stops throughout the night.

"We did what we had to do tonight," Benson said. "We stayed out of trouble and the guys in the pits made life easier for me."

The night didn't start as well as he hoped. After beginning the race in ninth, Benson dropped a few spots reporting on the team radio he was having trouble turning.

For the rest of the race the James Ince-led crew worked to make the Valvoline Pontiac turn better.

"It took us all day to get back where we started. It was just tough. We were just off a little on the balance, that's all," Benson said. "James (Ince) and the guys just kept working on it. I had a tough time with it, so I'm extremely happy with ninth. I don't think we deserved ninth. They kept working on it trying to get it better for me."

The car began to turn better and Benson took advantage of long green flag runs to climb up through the field. When the checkered flag fell, Benson had moved up to ninth.

It marked another decent run of late for Benson. Last week in Darlington a top-ten run ended when Benson's was caught up in another's crash. Before that race he had consecutive top-15 finishes on the last three ovals.

"We are running better for sure," Benson said. "As James says we are taking baby steps. We are seeing improvement.

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