Benning began by racing as a 15-year-old at Heidelberg Raceway even though he was supposed to be at least 18 years old. He also has raced in dirt late models and asphalt modifieds.
Benning has finished in the top 10 in points in ARCA 7 times in the last 9 seasons, with a highest of 5th in 2001. In 276 starts Benning has 4 top 5 and 32 top 10 finishes. His best effort was a 3rd place finish at the Springfield dirt mile in 2004. On the superspeedways, Benning has a pair of 8th place finishes at Pocono in 1996, 9th at Talladega 2000, and a 10th at Daytona in 2005 and 2009.
Benning has attempted numerous NASCAR races in the top 3 divisions during his career. Benning made his NASCAR debut in 1989, driving in three races in the Cup series for the #99 car owned by Jerry O'Neil. After starting 35th, Benning would finish 30th in his debut at Dover. He would then match that finish at Pocono and 31st in his return to Dover.
Benning made his last Cup points race start for O'Neil in 1993, starting last (39th) at Darlington and finishing 39th after one lap of competition. After that, Benning attempted to make the Daytona 500 for seven consecutive years. He attempted many Cup races through 2001 in his own #84 84 Lumber Chevy, as well a couple of entries of the #79 T.R.I.X. Racing car.
Benning's next NASCAR start came in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2002. Driving for Troxell Motorsports, Benning qualified the #93 Chevy into the field at Nashville Superspeedway in 18th position. A vibration dropped the team out of the event and Benning finished 32nd.
Benning attempted the NASCAR Busch Series for the next two years. Benning was able to compete in 3 of the 6 races attempted. In his debut, Benning started the 2003 Nazareth race in 42nd before finishing in 40th. He was later able to improve in the year with a career-best 36th place at NHIS. Driving once again at Nazareth, Benning started 42nd before finishing 38th with brake failure. He fielded a car for Dion Cicarelli at Nazareth in 2004, who finished 29th.
During the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Benning competed in 7 of the 8 races attempted driving his own #57 Chevrolet. In 2009 Benning will field cars in ARCA RE/MAX series races. He will run limited NASCAR Sprint Cup events including the NASCAR Sprint Showdown. His primary focus will be as a full time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Personal life Edit
Benning is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a business degree.