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Matt DiBenedetto

Team: BK Racing-83
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/27/1991

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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.
That was a blow to many rosters because DiBenedetto has been one of the best dark horses on several occasions this year. That is slightly offset by a 20th at Phoenix International Raceway this spring, but most of his results have ended on either side of 30th. Expect another 30th-place finish in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and plan accordingly. Sep 22 - 2:45 PM

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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.

For DiBenedetto this is a positive qualification effort, however. He was one of the best values this spring on the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway and could be a very pleasant surprise on Saturday night. If he fits a niche on your roster, he should be started with moderate confidence.
Sep 9 - 6:22 PM

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.

DiBenedetto is coming off a solid run at Bristol Motor Speedway last week with a 21st-place finish. He will continue to be better on driver’s tracks than down force courses like Michigan, but this is a good week to evaluate the No. 83 BK Racing team.
Aug 26 - 1:00 PM

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.

The Food City 500 was one where everything went right for DiBenedetto in the final stages of the race. It is difficult to predict that will happen again, but fantasy owners might still get a solid top-20 out of him. In his rookie season, Deeb finished 21st in his first attempt.
Aug 15 - 11:07 AM

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.

Plate races can often change a driver’s momentum, which is one of the dangers of that type of racing. However, DiBenedetto also failed to finish the Daytona 500 this February, but was able to get back on target.
Aug 12 - 4:25 PM

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.

Another top-30 to go along with last year’s 29th is probably not in the cards. He has not finished that well in the NASCAR Cup series since May at Kansas Speedway, so a pattern should start to emerge this week that will help handicap DiBenedetto in 2017. He has finished worse than he started in his last three attempts—two of which were DNFs.
Jul 28 - 12:23 PM

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.

For a lightly-funded team, this is almost like making the final round. DiBenedetto will be happy with his effort, but it could wind up costing place-differential points and makes the No. 83 a team to avoid.
Jul 15 - 5:31 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has made five starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways at the Cup level and has had problems in four of those events. He suffered crash damage in the 2015 Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, had fuel problems later that fall, crashed at Daytona International Speedway this spring, and blew an engine at Talladega in May.

The only race in which DiBenedetto did not struggle was last year’s Coke Zero 400. He finished 26th after starting 41st. Last May he scored his career best plate result, however, with an 18th at ‘Dega despite having a damaged car.
Jul 1 - 12:46 PM

A strong start to the 2016 season for Matt DiBenedetto abruptly turned bad following a crash in May’s Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. He suffered an engine failure later in that event and his luck changed dramatically. He has suffered some damage in all but one of his last six attempts.

Notably, DiBenedetto also crashed out of the Daytona 500 to start the season, but proved to be much more resilient after that accident.
Jun 22 - 1:40 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has made two starts at Michigan International Speedway and has not yet cracked the top 25, but he has improved in every outing. If he qualifies in the top 30 this weekend, his personal trend could continue.

DiBenedetto started dead last in 43rd last June, but improved to 39th before the checkers waved. He started 32nd in August and advanced two spots to 30th, so he can reasonably be expected to finish two or three spots better than he qualifies in this week’s Firekeepers Casino 400.
Jun 9 - 12:43 AM

Matt DiBenedetto scored a dramatic top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway this April, but his fortunes took a turn for the worse after that. His last three attempts this year ended in crash damage.

DiBenedetto failed to finish at Talladega SuperSpeedway and Dover International Speedway, but he was within three laps of the leader at Kansas Speedway; Still, his best result of 30th in that race was six positions lower than his starting spot and that kept him from being a good value.
May 20 - 10:59 AM

Matt DiBenedetto’s best finish on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks came at Kansas last May. In the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, he started 35th and finished 25th.

That gave him a positive place-differential of 10 points. In fact, in races on this track type, he has finished better than he started eight times and finished 39th from 39th once.
May 6 - 12:14 PM

An emotional Matt DiBenedetto was almost in tears following his sixth-place finish in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He started the day 30th, but remained on the lead lap all afternoon in route to his upset.

This was not only DiBenedetto’s first top-10, but his first top-15 in a 43-race career. His previous best finish came at Talladega SuperSpeedway last May when he finished 18th, but his fourth-best result of 21st came in this race last year.
Apr 17 - 6:59 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has an average loss of 0.4 positions per race in the first five events this season, but that is not representative of how he has run. In his last four attempts, he has finished better than he started each time.

DiBenedetto crashed at Daytona International Speedway and lost 20 positions. In the four races since then, he has improved 4.5 spots per event on average with a six-place improvement at Auto Club Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway as his high water marks.
Mar 24 - 12:44 PM

Matt DiBenedetto is coming off his career-best unrestricted track finish. He was 20th last week at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500.

DiBenedetto had an 18th at Talladega SuperSpeedway last year to mark his high water mark and he finished 21st at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol and Phoenix are both drivers’ courses, as is Martinsville Speedway where he is likely to have his next strong showing.
Mar 18 - 7:03 PM