Benjamin to Victory Lane at NSS

By on January 21, 2013



Kyle Benjamin enjoys Victory lane at new Smyrna Speedway Saturday night. (photo by Rodney Meyering)

















New Smyrna, Fla. – 2012 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Super Late Model Champion Kyle Benjamin , who won 3 races during the annual week of racing last year, returned to New Smyrna Speedway to compete in the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100, and won.  The 15 year old  from Easly, S. Carolna qualified 4th, drew the number one spot, and led every lap to win the race. 


Pinellas Park’s Stephen Nasse finishes fourth. (photo by Rodney Meyering)
















Stephen Nasse, fresh off his win 2 weeks ago, set fast time and would start 3rd.  The top 10 qualifiers who would draw for starting spots included Matt Tift, David Rogers, Rich Clouser, Jeff Scofield, Anthony Sergi, Travis Cope, Daniel Keene Jr, and Tim Russell.

Travis Cope (26) takes second just a car length ahead of Rich Clouser (photo by Rodney Meyering)


On the start, Benjamin would get a big jump with Tift, starting on the outside falling to second, ahead of Nasse, Rogers fourth and Scoffield rounding out the top 5.  In the early going, Rogers and Clouser would pick up spots, Clouser to fifth, Rogers to 3rd.  The first yellow would be thrown for a slowing Scoffield by lap 20, Clouser passing Nasse for 3rd  by that time.  The outside proved to be the favored line once again at New Smyrna Speedway, as Nasse would pass Clouse for 3rd on the restart.  Benjamin, Clouser and Nasse would race close as Tift would fall back to 5th by halfway.  Nasse would replace Clouser in second on a lap 52 restart and put pressure on Benjamin.  By lap 75, Nasse would fall back with Benjamin and Clouser gapping the field, Cope and Rogers rounding out the top five.  Cope would get Clouser on a restart as Benjamin would pull away.  With 20 to go, Rogers would Pass Nasse for 4th, Cope and Clouser  having a great battle for second.  Two weeks ago it was these two drivers up front with Cope trying to pass Clouser on the inside, it would not work with Cope spinning out and hitting the inside wall.  Tonight would be no different, the outside lane being able to prevail as Clouser is unable to complete the pass under Cope.   Cope would win the battle for second as Nasse would get Rogers for fourth. 

Benjamin running strong on his way to the checkered flag (Rodney Meyering photo)















George Gorham (10) holds off Michael Lira (photo by Rodney Meyering)

7 for 7th. Number 7 Jeff Scofield finished seventh. (photo by Rodney Meyering)






























Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 Unofficial Results

1 71 Kyle Benjamin 100
2 26 Travis Cope 100
3 9 Rich Clouser 100
4 51 Stephen Nasse 100
5 11 David Rogers 100
6 10 George Gorham 100
7 07 Jeff Scofield 100
8 29 Spencer Davis 100
9 84 Daniel Keene Jr. 100
10 89 Matt Tifft 100
11 18 Casey Caudill 100
12 19 Ray Black Jr. 100
13 39 Alex Guenette 100
14 0 Josh Todd 73
15 20 Anthony Sergi 72
16 58 Michael Lira 52
17 36 Tim Russell 41
18 67 Chad Allman 39
19 33 Ricky Wood 15
20 4B Alan Bruns 12
21 7 Doug Elliott 9
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