|Kyle Benjamin in victory lane in Bristol|
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Up until May 2015, NASCAR Next driver Kyle Benjamin held the record as the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series history, winning in Aug. 2013 at just shy of 16 years of age. Learn more about the young Roush Fenway Racing development driver in this week’s Fast Facts.
- Kyle Benjamin was born Nov. 3, 1997 in Easley, SC. He began racing at age 6 in go-karts and quarter midgets; in his second season of competitive racing, he earned 19 wins and 47 top five finished in numerous series and classes.
- From 2006 to 2008, Benjamin competed in Bandoleros, winning the South Carolina State Championship all three seasons, the Bandolero Nationals in 2007 and the Bandolero Winternationals in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, he also competed in 3/4-scale race cars in the Pro Challenge Series, winning 15 features in 23 starts in 2009 and taking home the Southern Division Championship.
- In 2010, Benjamin jumped into Pro and Super Late Model competition around the southeast. He continued in full-sized cars in 2011, and in 2012 won the Super Late Model Championship at the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in February.
- Benjamin stepped up again in 2013, competing in the ARCA Racing Series and K&N Pro Series East. He finished second in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Mobile, and earned a top five finish in his K&N Pro Series East debut in Sept. at Dover. In 2014, Benjamin signed a development deal with RFR.
- For 2015, Benjamin will compete full-time in the K&N Pro Series East for his family-owned Benjamin Motorsports. In April, he led 81 of 125 laps to earn his first K&N Pro Series East victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.
- Learn more about Benjamin at www.kylebenjamin.com.