The Daytona 500 will be the starting point for a brand new cup series team as Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises will enter the number 92 Ford.
Motor Racing Network reports that restrictor plate veteran, David Gilliland will drive the car. The team spent the last eight years running part time in the Camping World Truck Series, and will continue racing there. Gilliland’s son, Todd Gilliland, will drive the team’s truck full time as soon as he turns 18.
Mike Hester is slated to serve as crew chief for both Gillilands in either series.
Team owner Ricky Benton said about the move:
“After talking with our partners, we felt the time was right to make a move into the Cup Series. 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.”