For the third time this season, Matt DiBenedetto will roll off the grid from the very back of the pack. He was forced to take a provisional and will start 43rd for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, which is the third time this season that he will line up last.
Matt DiBenedetto qualified on time for the fourth time this year with a lap of 155.750 mph that places him 36th on the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks grid at Dover International Speedway. He failed to qualify twice and has used provisionals six times.
Matt DiBenedetto has been getting progressively stronger on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He failed to qualify for his first two attempts, took a provisional to get into the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway before finishing 34th and advanced from 35th to 25th last week at Kansas Speedway.
Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify in his first two attempts on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks of Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He finished 34th in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas in his third attempt.
Wherever Matt DiBenedetto qualifies for the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, fantasy owners can expect him to finish there as well. In three of six races for which he qualified, he matched his finishing position to his start.
Matt DiBenedetto is coming off a career-best finish of 21st last week at Bristol in the Food City 500 and is closing in on his first top-20 entering the Toyota Owners 400 on another short track.
Matt DiBenedetto needs a top-30 finish at Bristol to show improvement. In four starts this season, he has a best result of 31st at Martinsville and two other results in the mid-30s.
Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify at Atlanta and Las Vegas, which means that he is still seeking his first start on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify for his first two starts, made the Phoenix race on time and started Auto Club and Martinsville with provisionals. His best finish came in his latest start, however, when he climbed from 43rd to 31st in the STP 500 at Martinsville.
Matt DiBenedetto will attempt to make his first Cup start at Martinsville this week, but he does have some experience there. In three starts in the Bailey’s / MDCU 300, he swept the top 10.
Matt DiBenedetto scraped the wall lightly in the opening minutes of Saturday morning’s practice session. The damage was not severe enough to require a backup car.
Matt DiBenedetto qualified 35th and finished 35th in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Phoenix; he was five laps off the pace when the checkers waved. He attempted to qualify at Atlanta and Vegas, but missed the show.
Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify for the Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta and the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas. He is hoping the third time is the charm as he attempts the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix.
Matt DiBenedetto will share driving duties in the No. 83 with Johnny Sauter and that responsibility starts this week. Making the show at Atlanta will be a huge task because the Young Gun has qualified for only 14 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races in the XFINITY series.