Gilliland to run Daytona 500 with Ricky Benton

Ricky Benton Racing

By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will be busy for David Gilliland. Gilliland will reunite with Ricky Benton Racing to run the 60th annual Daytona 500.

Gilliland will pilot the No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts Ford Fusion for RBR.

RBR has spent the last eight years running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Gilliland drove for RBR for seven races in 2015.

“After talking with our partners, we felt the time was right to make a move into the Cup Series,” said team owner Ricky Benton. “Getting David (Gilliland) back on board was also key. Having a veteran driver with his experience and success on restrictor-plate tracks – with whom Hester has familiarity – gives us a leg up as we try to make the race.

“I am thankful for Roush Yates, Carquest, Highland Construction and the entire Black’s Tire family (Benton owns Black’s Tire, which operates four BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Wholesale Centers, servicing more than 200 BTS partner program dealers, Carolina Retreads and 46 retail/commercial locations in the Carolinas) for going racing with us.”

Mike Hester will serve as the crew chief for the Cup operation. The team is still finalizing their 2018 plans for the NCWTS season.

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