Lira Motorsports Enlists Help of Roush Drivers to Complete Kentucky Lineupby Kyle Pokrefky September 21, 2015 0 comments
SPARTA, Ky. — For the second ARCA Racing Series event in a row, Lira Motorsports will field a full lineup of four drivers as the team will bring four entries for the Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway.
Returning to the No. 58 and No. 59 Fords for the weekend will respectively be Blake Jones and David Levine while the No. 36 and No. 38 Fords will be piloted by Roush Fenway Racing affiliated drivers Kyle Benjamin and Ryan Reed.
Reed, 22, will make his second start of the year with the Lira organization and returns to the team he helped deliver both his and their very first victory in the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway in June.
As was the case with his Chicagoland start, Reed will run double duty at Kentucky this weekend – running the ARCA event Friday and then piloting his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.
Benjamin, 17, could already be considered a veteran of the series at such a young age and brings with him two series wins at Madison and Salem to the No. 36 ride.
A member of the NASCAR Next Class of 2015, Benjamin will compete on the mile-and-a-half on an off weekend for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – a series runs ninth in in the drivers standings.
Lira Motorsports’s four-car effort at Salem Speedway on Saturday was completed with Jones, Levine, Tyler Dippel in the No. 38 and Brandon Lynn in the No. 36 car.
Dippel was the top performer for the team with a fourth-place finish in the Federated Car Care Fall Classic.
UPDATE: Lira Motorsports announced on Thursday, September 25th, that Benjamin will not be racing for the team at Kentucky. In his place, the team will field a car for Chris Windom.
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