Drew Herring Lands R B R Racing Ride
SoBo, Southern National Champ gunning for rookie title with Ricky Benton
Myrtle Beach, S.C.—Drew Herring knows how to win, and so does Ricky Benton
Racing. Now, in 2008, the duo will combine their winning ways in hopes of
grabbing the coveted Miller Lite Rookie of the Year title—and more—in the
Hooters Pro Cup Series.
“It’s always exciting when you get to move up in racing,” said Herring, who
won the Late Model title at South Boston in 2006 and the Southern National
title in 2007. “But it’s really good to move up with a good team.”
And RBR is just that.
In 2002, RBR and driver Jason Sarvis won the overall Hooters Pro Cup Series
title. In 2004, RBR and Matt Carter won the overall Miller Lite Rookie of
the Year title together.
“I’d love to win the Rookie of the Year and the overall title,” said
Herring, who will pilot the No. 22s BTS Tire & Wheel Distributor Chevrolet.
“Mike Hester’s a great crew chief and been around a long time. Once we get
our communication down, we’ll be good. When I met with Mr. Benton and Mike,
I knew this was the right place for me.”
Rick Benton Jr., team manager at RBR, agrees.
“Drew is a good racer and will fit in well with our group,” said Benton.
“We’d really like to win the rookie title, but we’d also like to win a few
races and compete for the overall Hooters Pro Cup title. With Mike Hester as
crew chief and Drew driving, we feel like we can achieve those goals.”
While he’s yet to compete in Pro Cup competition, Herring isn’t coming in
untested. Winning titles at South Boston and Southern National, two tracks
that have stout LMS fields, is no easy task. But there have been Late Model
standouts that have struggled in Pro Cup fields, and that fact hasn’t gone
unnoticed by Herring.
“It’s a bigger car with a narrower tire, but I had the opportunity to test a
Busch car last year and did pretty well,” said Herring, who was part of the
GM driver test. “Hopefully when I jump in the car, I’ll be ready to go. But
I know it’s going to be tough; nobody gives you an inch [in the Hooters Pro
“I think seat time is the most important thing [for a rookie]. Every time I
get in the car I should get better,” added Herring. “I think being out there
and watching guys like Bobby Gill to find out where the braking points are
will help too. I’m really excited about this opportunity. I’ve always wanted
to travel and race. I look forward to going to tracks like Iowa, Bristol and
Milwaukee. I’m really looking forward to Rockingham. I just can’t wait for
the season to get started.”
USAR Media Relations Director