Originally created 07/10/02

Benson won't race at Chicagoland



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Johnny Benson, re-injured in a wreck in Daytona, will not race this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Mike Wallace will fill in.

Benson injured three ribs on the right side of his chest in an accident Saturday night in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

It's not clear when he'll be able to race again. He missed three races earlier this season because of rib injuries suffered in a Busch series accident in May. Jerry Nadeau filled in then.

But Nadeau already is committed to drive a car owned by Michael Waltrip, so Benson's crew turned to Wallace for the No. 10 Pontiac in the Tropicana 400.

"We wanted someone with experience that we knew the team and I could communicate with," said crew chief James Ince. "Mike is just that driver.

"Our team is devastated about what happened to Johnny Saturday night, but we have a job to do and we have every intention of going on and doing the best we can."

Wallace finished 41st Saturday night at Daytona in his fourth Winston Cup start of the season. He has made seven starts in the Busch Series in 2002.