Story By: NEALIE STUFFLET / LFR – SHREWSBURY, MA – Rob Fuller, owner of LFR, has announced that Kyle Benjamin will drive the No. 15 ThinkLite / 15-40 Connection modified during select races in the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Benjamin, a 21-year-old driver from Easley, SC, has a wealth of experience and accomplishments in multiple forms of racing including NASCAR Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, K&N East, ARCA and Late Model racing.
In just eight starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series over a two-year period, Benjamin scored two Top-5 finishes, three Top-10s and won two Poles. In his NASCAR Truck Series debut early in the 2018 season, Benjamin finished second at Martinsville Speedway (VA) after leading 74 laps.
“The Whelen Modified Tour puts on an exciting brand of racing and I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me by LFR, ThinkLite and 15-40 Connection,” said Benjamin. “Rob has built an impressive team, both in terms of crew and resources, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
LFR cars have pulled into Victory Lane over 30 times on the NASCAR Modified Tour and secured all championships in the past four years.
Fuller announced that the team plans to compete at Thompson, Stafford and Loudon this race season and is looking forward to introducing another young driver to the series and team.
“I think it’s great to bring in new talent to the series,” said Fuller. “Kyle seems to be a great kid with a ton of talent. I’m looking forward to introducing him to the Modified community and scoring some great finishes for our team and sponsors. Stephen Kopcik will return as our crew chief – he’s a great resource and gives us a strong team again this season.”
In addition to a new driver behind the wheel of the No. 15, ThinkLite, a global lighting efficiency company that custom designs, manufactures, distributes, and installs energy efficient LED solutions, has joined the team as the primary sponsor. ThinkLite is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts with operations in over 14 countries.
“We are looking forward to showcasing the ThinkLite brand through the NASCAR outlet that Rob and LFR are providing,” said Danny Wadhwani COO-CFO of ThinkLite. “Just like ThinkLite’s energy efficient lighting solutions, Rob’s product and professionalism are both topnotch, so I really believe that this partnership will be successful for both parties. We are excited to be the primary sponsor, to attend our first-ever NASCAR event and are cheering on Kyle!”
15-40 Connection will continue to be a part of the No. 15 team, entering its sixth year in the sport. 15-40 Connection is a growing national organization devoted to improving cancer survival rates by empowering people with the skills to identify and act on the early warning signs of cancer.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Rob again for the 2019 season,” said Tricia Laursen, Executive Director of 15-40 Connection. “The No. 15 car is consistently one of the most competitive in the Whelen Modified Tour and the attention it garners also raises awareness for 15-40 Connection among race fans. Rob continues to be a great advocate and is part of our team that is saving lives by teaching people how to detect cancer early. We are excited to cheer on the No. 15 car, driver Kyle Benjamin and his crew.”
In addition to ThinkLite and 15-40 Connection, the No. 15 LFR modified sponsor line-up includes: Draco, RJF Commercial Properties, Evolution Baseball and Safe N Secure Self Storage.
The No. 15 ThinkLite / 15-40 Connection team will kick-off their race schedule on Sunday, April 7 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.