2018-01-22 David Gilliland has paired up with Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises to pilot the No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts Ford Fusion in the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series.
For the past eight seasons RBR has competed in 79 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, part-time. Gilliland was the driver in seven races in 2015. Their plans for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have not been finalized. Mike Hester will serve as crew chief in both series. The team will continue its long-running relationship with Roush Yates Engines to provide power plants for their Fords.
“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 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 for going racing with us.”
“Ricky is a great guy and a real racer,” said Gilliland. “I really appreciate the faith he has put in me to drive his first MENCS attempt. Having worked with (crew chief) Mike (Hester) before, I know he has done everything needed to give us a competitive car to go out and qualify and race well at Daytona. “I think we have a chance to go out and surprise some people.”
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