Kyle Benjamin enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking, like a typical teenager.
He has a unique hobby, though: Driving racecars. Kyle began driving full-size racecars at just 14 years old, regularly competing with and beating drivers that were often double and sometimes triple his age. It’s always been a fast learning experience for him, ever since he took his first laps behind the wheel of a competitive racecar at the age of six.
And it didn’t take Kyle long to start moving up through the ranks and racking up wins. In fact, in just his second-year of competitive racing, Kyle earned his first championship and racked up an amazing 19 wins and 47 top-five finishes in various Go-Kart and Quarter Midget classes.
In his first season of Bandolero competition, Benjamin earned another title, the South Carolina State Championship. He repeated that feat the next year and also became the youngest ever winner of the Bandolero Nationals in 2007.
2008 was Kyle’s breakout year. Once again, he was crowed South Carolina State Champion, along with the Bandolero Winternationals Champion, Battle at Bristol Regional Champion and Speedway Challenge Champion at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
So, once again, it was time to move forward.
In 2008, Kyle began dabbling in the world of the Pro Challenge Series, 3/4-scale racecars with the same characteristics of their big-brother counterparts. He went on, in 2009, to notch an impressive 15 feature wins in just 23 starts and locked up the Southern Division Championship.
So, with nowhere else to go but up, Kyle, at just 13 years of age, embarked on a steep new learning curve in 2010, racing Pro and Super Late Models around the Southeast. He concluded the 2010 season with a strong showing in the crown jewel of the Pro Late Model world, the Snowflake 100, during Snowball Derby week at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Kyle set atop several practice sheets, then qualified and raced well in the all-star event.
In 2011, Kyle won two Pro Late Model events, one at Five Flags and another at Mobile International Speedway (AL). Benjamin had 20 starts with 10 top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
Kyle put the racing world on notice in 2012. In February, he claimed the Super Late Model Championship at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Wins also came at Mobile, Winchester Speedway (IN), Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) and Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA). Kyle closed out 2012 with back-to-back top-10 runs at Five Flags in the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby.
He got off to a winning start in 2013, capturing wins in four out of six races in the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna and scoring the victory in the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. His Stock Car career also started with a bang, finishing second in his debut ARCA Series race at Mobile. In May, Benjamin was voted by a panel of short track racing writers and analysts and marquee industry names as the “number one pick” in Speed51.com’s annual Short Track Draft, ranking the top 51 young grassroots racers in the country. Later that month, he became, at the time, ARCA’s youngest pole winner in the division’s 61-year history with his record-setting lap at Toledo Raceway (OH).
He became the youngest winner in ARCA Series history, at the time, with his victory at Madison International Speedway (WI). He earned his second ARCA win at Salem Speedway (IN). In his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut, he finished third at Dover International Speedway (DE).
He opened the 2014 season by winning the 100-lap final race of the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna. He wrapped the season with eight top-five finishes in 20 starts.
In 2015, Kyle competed in the K&N East, NASCAR’s premier developmental division. He scored a victory in April at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) and a second-place finish in June at Langley Speedway (VA), both coming in his first career starts at those facilities. Kyle was named a member of NASCAR Next, a promotional effort by NASCAR that highlights a select group of talented NASCAR Cup Series prospects, in May.
Kyle returned to the K&N East in 2016, winning twice, at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) and Dover and led the division in poles (five), average starting position (3.9) and laps led (582) en route to a second-place finish in the yearlong point standings.
He kicked off the 2017 season with his third consecutive victory in the K&N East, winning again at Greenville Pickens after shattering the track record during qualifying. Shortly thereafter, he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Richmond International Raceway (VA), qualifying on the front row for perennial championship contender Joe Gibbs Racing. He one-upped that performance by claiming his first career Xfinity Series pole in his second start, at Pocono Raceway (PA). In five total starts for JGR, Kyle qualified no worse than second, winning a second pole at Kentucky Speedway, and finished a season-best second at Iowa Speedway.
In his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut early in the 2018 season, Kyle finished second at Martinsville Speedway (VA) after leading 74 laps.Back to Top
2 NASCAR Xfinity Series Poles
Youngest CRA Super Late Model Southern Regional Champion (2013)
5 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race Wins
3 ARCA Series Race Wins (Madison, Salem)
16 Super Late Model Race Wins
2 Pro Late Model Race Wins
15 Pro Challenge Series Race Wins
2013 CRA Super Late Model Southern Regional Champion
2013 Rattler 250 Race Winner, South Alabama Speedway
2012 World Series of Asphalt Champion (Super Late Models)
2009 Pro Challenge Series Southern Division Champion
2008 South Carolina State Champion (Bandoleros)
2008 Winternationals Champion (Bandoleros)
2007 Bandolero Nationals Race WinnerBack to Top
A few of Kyle’s favorite things…
Brands: Nike, Under Armour
Television Show: The Walking Dead
Movie: Mission Impossible
Restaurants: The Melting Pot, P.F. Chang’s
Sports to Play (other than Racing): Snowboarding, mountain biking, hunting, golf
Sports to Watch: Football
Sports Teams: Clemson Tigers, San Francisco 49ers
Things to Collect: Trophies
Music: Country, classic rock
Video Games: Call of Duty