PELETIER – Scotty Benford will cap off his rookie season in Jr. Mini Cup competition second in points on Saturday night as he hopes to pick up one more victory before the regular season ends at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday night.


Benford, 14, from Beaufort, picked up a win in a Jr. Mini Cup race back in March and has scored six top-five finishes throughout the season. His main goal this season has been to learn and mature as a driver as he progresses – and now he hopes to make the move up to Legend Cars in the near future.


"I’m still learning," Benford said. "I’ve learned about getting speed up, learning the line, learned to pass other cars. I’m still racing Mini Cup next year, possibly getting a Legend too and then, I don’t know if I’ll win the championship for this race. Caleb [Braswell] is too far ahead in points, I think. Looks like we can probably get top-three."


Benford trails Braswell by 12 points entering the regular-season finale, a deficit he likely will not be able to overcome. He has an eight-point advantage in the race for the runner-up spot over fellow rookie Alexis Steffan.


Scotty has learned a lot from his father, Scott, who has raced in Champ Karts and Mini Cups at Carteret County Speedway.


"He helped me through a lot of things on the track," the younger Benford explained. "Getting the line right so you don’t crash or spin out. I probably need to focus on passing other cars and trying not to crash into other ones now."


Benford has previously raced in go-karts and has liked cars from a young age. He finds inspiration both from his dad, but also looks up to 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman as an inspiration.


"I just like cars and just like driving," Benford remarked. "I watch NASCAR from time-to-time. I raced go-karts starting out, then Champ Karts for just a little bit then got a Mini Cup."


For his part, Scott has been proud of his son’s progress and hopes he continues to develop as a driver. However, as a father, the nerves are much higher when he’s watching his son race than when he, himself, is racing.


"I get really nervous when he’s running, just because of what he’s done this year," the elder Benford said. "He’s wrecked twice. There are slower cars out there. His speed, for his first year as a rookie, he’s up there with the top runners. The slower traffic is an issue for him, trying to get around it, and he’s got to learn with that, so it gets my nerves up, but he jumps right back in that car and goes full throttle. No fear.


"I’m very proud of him for what he’s done this year."


Scotty Benford will once again compete in the Jr. Mini Cup class on Saturday night. Along with Jr. Mini Cups, Championship Saturday will feature crowning races for Champ Karts, Limited Late Models, Mini Cups, Street Stocks, U-CARs, Legends and twin races for the Battlefield Tire Pros Mini-Stocks. The Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club will also be in action.


Pre-race festivities get underway at 4 p.m. with a meet-and-greet for fans, and Championship Saturday presented by Solid Rock Carriers and Wave’s Mart Starfish Grill will get underway at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults while kids 10 and under get in free.


For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, "like" Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.