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Matt DiBenedetto |

Team: BK Racing-83
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/27/1991

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Matt DiBenedetto will start a NASCAR Cup race in the 30s for the fourth consecutive week at Dover. He lines up 37th on the AAA 400 grid.
The three most recent 30-something starts have resulted in 30-something finishes with a best of 30th last week at New Hampshire. DiBenedetto has been a little hit or miss in regard to earning positive place-differential points and he should be treated with caution. Oct 2 - 3:55 PM

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Matt DiBenedetto will make his first Cup start at Chicagoland this week, but that does not mean fantasy owners do not have any data to study. This season, he has made four previous starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

DiBenedetto’s best finish on this track type came at Kansas Speedway in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. He finished 25th, only one lap off the pace. In terms of age, Chicagoland is similar to Kansas and this track should be relatively kind to the rookie.
Sep 18 - 12:03 PM

Matt DiBenedetto qualified 33rd for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and that is about where he will finish. This spring, he took a provisional to start 37th and finished in that same position.

DiBenedetto had the 25th-quickest 10-lap average in the final practice session of 28 drivers who made that long a run. His top speed of 118.967 was more than three miles per hour slower than the leader Brad Keselowski and it will not take long to get lapped.
Sep 12 - 9:43 AM

Matt DiBenedetto has not been one of the top values many times this year, but he has one stat to recommend him to fantasy owners. He has been running at the end of every race he started.

DiBenedetto did not attempt to make the Daytona 500 and he failed to qualify in his next two races. He has been in the show every week since and has never finished worse than he started. His best effort to date came on the restrictor-plate Talladega SuperSpeedway.
Jun 19 - 1:03 PM

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.

DiBenedetto also has another four starts of 41st or worse, and it underscores an interesting point. Starting that far back, DiBenedetto will earn positive place differential points and could be a good value in games that offer them.
Jun 13 - 9:26 AM

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.

DiBenedetto’s results have been a mixed bag from 18th at Talladega SuperSpeedway to 42nd at Auto Club Speedway, but he has kept his car running until the end of every race he started this season.
May 30 - 10:25 AM

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.

DiBenedetto was forced to take another provisional at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coke 600 and teams tend to put more emphasis on this race than others, which increases the competition. If the No. 83 finishes in the 30th-place range, he could be a good value because of the place-differential points awarded after starting 42nd.
May 22 - 9:32 AM

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.

Given his lack of experience on the track type, 34th was a respectable result. Fantasy owners can expect another mid- to low-30s finish, which could make him a marginal pick if he qualifies badly enough to earn place differential points.
May 5 - 5:11 PM

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.

In one other event, DiBenedetto gained one position to finish 21st after starting 22nd. Talladega often plays by its own rules, however, and the rookie could easily advance several spots. There are several strong dark horses this week and that limits his usefulness especially since this is his first start in the Cup series on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway.
Apr 28 - 5:37 PM

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.

DiBenedetto is campaigning the No. 83, which has long been the third car at BK Racing—often used in limited starts. This year, the team is making the most of their opportunity and could be a solid fantasy value later in the season. They have finished better than they started in the past three races.
Apr 23 - 10:42 AM

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.

The way to improve is to complete all the laps, and while DiBenedetto has not finish on the lead circuit, he has been running at the end of each event, including when he finished 42nd at Phoenix.
Apr 14 - 9:15 PM

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.

DiBenedetto made the show at Auto Club, but his result on that unrestricted, intermediate speedway was not very impressive. He was running at the end of the race, but six laps off the pace in 42nd after qualifying 42nd.
Apr 7 - 9:38 PM

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.

With time this team and driver will slowly improve and they could become fantasy relevant. Use them sparingly, however, and only when they fit the final niche on a roster.
Apr 1 - 10:26 AM

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.

His best finish came in 2004 when he crossed under the checkers fourth of 42 starters. Simply making the show that year was a huge accomplishment with a car count in excess of 100.
Mar 25 - 11:19 AM

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.

DiBenedetto would probably have preferred not to contact the wall, but the only way drivers find the edge is by occasionally stepping over.
Mar 21 - 11:40 AM