By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
When you think of the last name Gordon in auto racing, some think of a four-time Sprint Cup champion named Jeff. Others may think of an aggressive driver who has been known to race anything on four wheels named Robby. Well let me introduce you to another Gordon.
Benny Gordon is an extremely talented driver in his own right. In fact he captured the USAR Pro Cup Championship in 2005 and 2008. Gordon says that his inspiration to drive race cars came from his older brother, who was involved in dirt racing. Now he finds himself in a position to get a shot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at a place, where he finished a career-best 12th place last season… Iowa Speedway
I had a chance to have a one-on-one with Gordon, and he is very confident that he can improve on that 12th place showing from a season ago.
“Yea for sure. We had a few good runs and qualifying in the Nationwide series last season and Iowa was our best.” Gordon said. “With some of the teams I’ve been speaking with and a little better equipment I believe we can definitely have a better performance.”
However in order for Gordon to make that a reality, he finds himself in a spot that many have faced recently. He could really use a little more sponsorship backing him.
“The pro cup race in Iowa we could use some associate sponsorship for. We have primary funding for this through our current sponsors.” Gordon explained. “The Nationwide race for Iowa is what we are primarily looking for funding for. With the other funding we have we could give a company the primary sponsorship for a very minimal amount.”
The 39 year old driver from Dubois, Pennsylvania states that he brings quite a bit to the table for potential sponsors, and he could in fact run a full slate if the right sponsor came along.
“What we bring is a good track record and reputation in the racing business.” Gordon said. “We have some great current sponsors to be associated with who are willing to split a season up with a potential sponsor so we could run a full season of NASCAR. We also work hard on promoting our sponsors on and off of the track throughout the season.”
As a true racer, and a competitor Gordon basically told me he wouldn’t trade his USAR Pro Cup Championships for anything, not even a win in a NASCAR Series.
“No I don’t think (I would trade them away). Pro cup has been a good series to a lot of people including drivers, owners, crew members and fans. Those championships were hard to earn against a lot of good racers.” Gordon boasted proudly.
Recent talks of NASCAR possibly limiting the participation of Sprint Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series next season, could possibly open some doors for deserving drivers such as Gordon. When asked if he would jump at an opportunity for a ride in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Benny Gordon, didn’t hesitate.
“Yes, that is definitely what I want to do.” Gordon said. “I’ve worked hard for a lot of years just like a lots of other racers to be in one of Nascar’s big three. I’m ready to race either series and believe I could be successful at it.”
Benny Gordon is a proven winner, who just needs to catch a break in one of the ‘big three’ NASCAR divisions. He has outperformed the quality of his cars, elevating the equipment to the front of the pack.
To put it in perspective when he finished 12th last year at Iowa, the drivers behind him included such names as: Brad Coleman, Mike Bliss, Justin Allgaier, and Steve Wallace just to name a few.
Now just imagine what he could do if he had some solid sponsorship backing him.
If you would like to learn more about Benny Gordon, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities visit his website: http://www.bennygordon.us
Gordon is also active in Social Media, you can find him on twitter @BennyGordon72