Orono, ON- After a solid stretch of great racing luck – including a string of 3 qualifying event wins in 4 starts – Orono, Ontario racer Danny Benedict finally managed to park his #54 Mini Stock in Peterborough Speedway’s victory lane. The young speedster says it was another night where everything worked exactly the way the team had expected.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, but I think this team is really starting to find its rhythm,” said Benedict, while relaxing after his Saturday, August 2 win on the track known as Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval. “I feel like we’ve put the bad luck behind us and the puzzle pieces are finally starting to come together. I think the timing couldn’t be better for a hot streak and a late season championship charge.”
The feature win wasn’t the only part of Danny Benedict’s highlight reel at Peterborough. There was also a second place finish in the holdover feature (from July 19) to start the night and begin a busy stretch for the driver and his family. Sunday, August 3 the team towed to Sunset Speedway, where they battled a loose racecar throughout the day, but added another heat race win to this year’s total. The day’s efforts also included a third place showing in the Dash for Cash and fifth at the checkered flag in the Mini Stock ‘A’ main.
Action for the #54 Mustang continues with a stop in the Nation’s Capital and a tour of Algonquin College on Wednesday, August 6 and a night of racing at Capital City Speedway. From there, it will be back to the friendly, familiar faces at Peterborough Saturday, August 9, followed by a Sunday, August 10 afternoon tilt with the second round of the Mini Stock Nationals – in support of the OSCAAR Super Late Models – at Kawartha Downs and Speedway.
Team owner, crew chief and father Doug Benedict says it’s almost like taking a step back to the early days of the sport.
“The barnstormers used to tow all over the place, racing whenever and wherever they could,” said Benedict. “We’re just doing this for fun, but by the time we tuck our little pony car into bed after the Kawartha show, it will have run five shows over nine days. That’s an excellent family bonding experience and a lot of racing for a Mini Stock program from a small town like Orono.”
The #54 Benedict Racing Mini Stock team is proudly supported by Don’s Auto Shop, Integrity Driven Solutions, Wallace Auto Supply – Carquest, Mayhew Graphics, Mark Rainford of Roger Swan Auto Sales, Camsport Truck Caps & Accessories, B & W Enterprises, Kim Irwin of Irwin Tax and Baudo Auto Services, with promotional services by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media