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.
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.
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.
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.