Ricky Benton, owner of Black’s Tire & Auto Service, has always had a passion for cars and racing. A native of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina, in Columbus County, Mr. Benton’s team headquarters operates out of a garage located in his hometown. In 1990 RBR Enterprises (Ricky Benton Racing) began running cars at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
After winning the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Atlantic Seaboard Championship in 1998 the team began competing in the Hooters Pro Cup Series. In 2002 driver Jason Sarvis won the Hooters Pro Cup national championship with RBR. Two more drivers for the team, Matt Carter and Drew Herring, were awarded with Rookie of the Year honors while racing for the team in 2004 and 2008, respectively.
In 2010 the team began racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and has fielded a team in that circuit on a partial schedule ever since. In 2011, the team started off strong with a 3rd place finish behind driver Clay Rogers in their season debut. Other drivers Dennis Setzer, David Reutimann, Chad McCumbee, Scott Riggs, Ross Chastain, Corey Lajoie, Austin Hill, Parker Kligerman (who tied their best 3rd place finish at Daytona in 2016), and Regan Smith. Driver David Gilliland, who ran the truck in 2015, returned to the team this season to debut their first stock car in the Daytona 500 – finishing 14th.
This year the team, headed up by long-time crew chief Mike Hester, has enlisted seasoned racer Timothy Peters to get behind the wheel of the #92 Ford F-150. Along with the family business Black’s Tire & Auto, sponsors BB&T, Car Quest Auto Parts, Valvoline, and Highland Construction are all a part of the effort in addition to several others. Peters is from Danville, Virginia and considers Martinsville Speedway his home track. In fact, throughout his lifetime, Peters has been behind the wheel of a race car. Peters started racing go-carts as early as four-years-old. Peters is excited about the new opportunity and really enjoys the family atmosphere at RBR Enterprises, saying, “As long as I’ve been in racing, the garage has always been one big family and that is what I like most about being involved in the sport.”