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Tire strategy at 'new' Bristol pays big-time for Benson

Johnny Benson figured the new surface at Bristol Motor Speedway would help preserve the tires on his race truck. He thought right, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: August 23, 2007, 6:54 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

Mark Martin never changed tires. Brendan Gaughan opted for right-side rubber only on his one pit stop. Johnny Benson stayed on the track longer than the rest of the field, coming in for four new Goodyears just past the midway point.

At Wednesday night's O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, there was more than one way to approach pit strategy. There also was more than one way to race, helping one of the more anticipated races of the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series season live up ...

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