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Team Penske hires Robby Benton as NASCAR team manager

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Team Penske has hired Robby Benton as team manager of its NASCAR operations, the team announced Monday.

Benton, a former owner in the Xfinity Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will be responsible for administrative and competition-related duties for the team’s Cup and Xfinity teams.

He will report to Competition Director Travis Geisler.

Penske will field Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney in the Cup Series.

As an Xfinity owner, Benton fielded cars in 220 starts from 2008-15. The team’s only victory was in 2010 with Boris Said at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Benton himself made four Xfinity starts and three Camping World Truck Series starts.

Benton owned Change Racing in IMSA.

 “I’m very happy to join an operation like Team Penske,” Benton said in a press release. “Anyone that is involved in this sport has a tremendous amount of respect for Roger Penske. He has a world-class operation and expects nothing but the best from his people, and that shows on and off the track. I’ve emulated many of Team Penske’s values through my own programs, so it’s especially meaningful to now be a part of this team. I’m honored to receive this opportunity and I hope I can help the organization continue moving forward as they continue to expand their NASCAR operations.”

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Justin Marks in for Daytona “triple” with RAB, Win-Tron

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A busy Daytona Speedweeks awaits part-time NASCAR driver Justin Marks.

He will look to make his first Daytona 500 start in the No. 29 RAB Racing Toyota Camry, which is supported by American Born Moonshine.

He will also race the No. 35 Win-Tron Racing Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series season opener on Feb. 20 and another No. 29 RAB Toyota in the Xfinity Series season opener that takes place the next day.

On Twitter, Marks was enthusiastic over the opportunity:

RAB Racing has also tweeted photos of what Marks’ Daytona 500 and Xfinity cars will look like:

“We built RAB Racing around Justin in 2007 in the ARCA Racing Series,” team owner Robby Benton said in a statement. “He’s remained a good friend as he progressed through his racing career and I’m proud to have him back in our cars for Daytona.”

A former Rolex 24 at Daytona winner in the GT category, Marks made one career Cup start at Sonoma Raceway in 2013. He made two road course appearances last year in the Xfinity Series at Road America (24th) and Mid-Ohio (sixth). He also has 35 career Truck Series starts.

While Marks is not a regular NASCAR competitor, he is heavily invested in the sport. He co-owns a five-car team in the K&N Pro Series East with Cup owner Harry Scott Jr. (HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks), and a sprint car team with reigning Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson (Larson Marks Racing).