CERRO GORDO, N.C. — Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises, owned by Black's Tire & Auto Service owner Ricky Benton, is attempting to make the leap to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after eight seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The team has attracted sponsorship support from Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts for its entry, the No. 92 Black's Tire Ford Fusion, and hired veteran NASCAR driver David Gilliland to pilot the car.
"After talking with our partners, we felt the time was right to make a move into the Cup Series," Mr. Benton said. "Getting David (Gilliland) back on board was also key. Having a veteran driver with his experience and success on restrictor-plate tracks…gives us a leg up as we try to make the race."
The Cerro Gordo-based team has secured the services of Mike Hester, a veteran NASCAR crew chief, to oversee the team's entry at this year's Daytona 500, scheduled for Feb. 18 at the Daytona International Speedway. Roush Yates Engines is supplying engines.
"I am thankful for Roush Yates, Carquest, Highland Construction and the entire Black's Tire family for going racing with us," Mr. Benton said.