Matt DiBenedetto has been cleared to race this week at Phoenix International Raceway.
BK Racing's Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Toyota, will not compete in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after entering concussion protocol, according to the team. Jeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the car in his absence.
Matt DiBenedetto has finished on the lead lap only once in 17 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.
Besides driving his regular No. 83 Toyota Camry Sunday's Sprint Cup Series AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto will pilot the No. 14 Superior Essex Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Fort Worth on Saturday.
Matt DiBenedetto will be one of the drivers required to qualify on time this week as he gets moved into the third BK Racing entry in a 41-car field at Martinsville Speedway.
Matt DiBenedetto has finished in the top 30 in his last four races of 2016.
The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway this June ran counter course for Matt DiBenedetto. In both 2015 races, he started and finished in the 30s in a 43-car field. This spring, he finished last in 40th.
For the first time in 13 career starts on short, flat tracks, Matt DiBenedetto failed to finish at Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago. He was credited with 37th after starting 25th.
Matt DiBenedetto was 0.009 seconds slower than Aric Almirola in the first round of qualification at Richmond International Raceway and became the first driver to fail to advance to the top 24 and second round of time trial. He will start the Federated Auto Parts 400 in 25th.
Matt DiBenedetto has earned only two top-30s in five previous starts on two-mile tracks. That came this spring in Auto Club Speedway; his best finish at Michigan International Speedway was 30th in last year’s Pure Michigan 400.
Matt DiBenedetto was easily the best dark horse at Bristol this spring. He stayed in contact with the lead lap all afternoon, took a Wave Around with about 100 laps remaining, and steadily worked his way to sixth after starting 30th.
An accident and engine damage at Talladega SuperSpeedway this May reversed a positive trend for Matt DiBenedetto. Up till that point, he had been running at the end of every unrestricted race. Since then, he has sustained some damage in seven of 12 races and blew an engine in another event.
Matt DiBenedetto will make his fourth Pocono Raceway start this week, and he has been uneven in the first three attempts. He finished 32nd last spring, 29th last summer, and was 40th this spring.
With less than one minute remaining in the second round of qualification for the New Hampshire 301, it appeared Matt DiBenedetto would advance to the final session. He was knocked out by a few drivers at the end of round two, but posted the 16th-fastest time of 132.683 mph.