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    Irving Oil Teams Again With Benjamin Motorsports

    Maine-based team comes off best season yet in the PASS Series

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Irving Oil, a leading regional refining and marketing company, is set to roar into its eighth PASS Series as of sponsor of Maine-based racing team Travis Benjamin Motorsports.

    "Travis is one of the most exciting young racers today and is coming off his best season yet," said Irving Fuel Marketing Manager Aaron Dube. "We’re looking forward to a great season and much success."

    Benjamin, a driver in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) division, drives a 2009 Ford Fusion in the Super Late Model series. Last season he finished with two wins, eight top five finishes and five top 10 finishes. His team is headquartered in Morrill, Maine, and the hometrack of the team is Unity Raceway in Maine.

    "I’m really excited about the 2009 season. I feel it will be an excellent season. We have a great car and a great crew," said Benjamin, whose team missed the PASS championship by 16 points last season. "With Irving coming back again is a big boost for my team and our confidence. Our entire crew is coming back from last season as well."

    The 2009 Irving season begins July 11, at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut and ends Sept. 19, at the White Mountains Speedway in New Hampshire.

    Benjamin’s crew includes his brothers and cousins helping keep the Ford Fusion fine-tuned. The team owner is his father, Ron Benjamin; his crew chief is Corey Reynolds; car chief is Kevin McDaniel; the spotter is Bruce Benjamin; the mechanic is Marcus Benjamin; engine engineers are Alfred Reynolds and Wayne Charrier; mechanics are Nate Littlefield and Chuck Thompson; and tire specialist is Buster Bean.

    "The PASS Series gives audiences a chance to cheer on their hometown heroes," said Dube. "The season runs all summer long, and if you haven’t been to a race before, check one out this summer. The races are exciting, the tracks are family-oriented, and the events are local and affordable."

    Founded in 1924, Irving Oil serves retail, commercial, industrial and residential customers in Eastern Canada and New England with a range of finished energy products and complementary services. The company offers fuel at more than 700 locations in Atlantic Canada and New England, including company-operated, leased and independent sites.

    Photo caption: Travis Benjamin and the Benjamin Motorsports team celebrating a win at the Atlantic CAT 250 at Nova Scotia.

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