Johnny Benson announced in September that he would make his 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. Johnny wanted to show the “young guns” in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that he can still race hard with them at the age of forty-eight years old. Johnny acknowledged that the deal to run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for Turn One Racing was not quite done and full season sponsorship was lacking.
Unfortunately in January Johnny announced that he does not plan to run full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012 because sponsorship did not come through. “ We were really looking forward to bringing the 2008 Truck Series champion back to NASCAR,” said team owner of Turn One Racing, Stacy Compton.
As a result, Compton and his Turn One Racing Team now have a vacant seat for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Compton expects to make an announcement regarding the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in the coming weeks.
Johnny Benson plans to return to racing in the ISMA Super Modified Series which is making a return visit to Berlin Raceway on August 25, 2012.
Johnny is a very talented NASCAR veteran and I truly believe we will see him in at least a couple NASCAR races before he retires from racing. It is unfortunate that he did not have enough funding to race the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2012 season, but race car drivers deal with that a lot and hopefully we can see Johnny Benson “shine like a star” again in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the future. If Johnny does not run any NASCAR races in 2012, make sure you watch him race in the ISAM Super Modified Series!
To Johnny Benson: All of your race fans are disappointed that they wont get to see you race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full time in the 2012 season, but they understand that it is really hard to get funding to race. All of your race fans know that you are a very talented race car driver and you should be very proud of what you accomplished in your racing career. Good luck with your racing in the 2012 season!