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Pennzoil Pontiac Racing Preview: Benson Heads for Charlotte

1 October 1997

Charlotte's Night and Day Difference

   Pennzoil Pontiac driver Johnny Benson's quest to finish in the 
top-10 in the 1997 point standings continues this week at the 
Charlotte Motor Speedway where Winston Cup qualifying  begins on 
Wednesday for Sunday's UAW-GM Teamwork 500.

 Race for 10th                     Pts. Behind
 10. Ricky Rudd          3,079          --
 11. J. Mayfield         3,050         -29
 12. Johnny Benson       2,990         -89
 13. Rusty Wallace       2,976         -103

Benson on: at Charlotte in the daytime:

   "This race at Charlotte is run totally in the daytime and that 
makes a lot of difference  when it comes to the handling of the 
Pennzoil car. In the daytime the track is definitely slicker than at 
night. Our race cars just don't have that much grip on a hotter track 
which means the race pace will slow down and pit strategy will be an 
issue. You will see more green flag stops in this race because it's a 
day race.

   "At night  you can race with a full fuel load and maybe get by if 
the car isn't just right. In the daylight, the slicker track requires 
that you have the handling, chassis and tires perfect. The track is 
just harder to get around during the day." big is this race:

   "The Charlotte Motor Speedway is a fabulous race track and a great 
facility. It's a week-long event for us. I'm not sure qualifying on 
Wednesday and dragging the whole thing over as many days is best for 
all these teams that have been on the road since February, but since 
it's close to home for most people it's tolerable. If it were up to me 
we would qualify on Friday and race on Sunday like we do at most 

Johnny Benson's Winston Cup Career At Charlotte

Race/Track      S   F  LC   TL   Status   Winnings 
Coca-Cola 600  11  38  192  400  Accident $  16,400 
UAW-GM  500    14  17  333  334  Running  $  22,450
Coca-Cola 600  40  15  333  333  Running  $  39,200

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