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Matt DiBenedetto

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

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In terms of Matt DiBenedetto’s Homestead career, there is only one number that must be remembered: 37.
DiBenedetto qualified 37th and finished 37th last year in his only start. He was four laps off the pace and a non-factor for a top-30. This week, he will need to qualify on time in a third BK Racing entry. Nov 18 - 5:40 PM

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Matt DiBenedetto has been cleared to race this week at Phoenix International Raceway.

DiBenedetto has recorded a few strong runs on drivers’ tracks, so he should be watched in practice and qualification. Last week he was forced to sit out the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway because of NASCAR’s concussion protocol. "I am completely fine but I appreciate everyone looking out for my safety," he said via Twitter.
Nov 9 - 9:21 PM

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.

DiBenedetto was not cleared by physicians to race, the team announced in a statement, following a wreck in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race. DiBenedetto smacked the wall in a solo incident after completing 129 of 200 laps in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. He was treated and released from the infield care center and finished 36th.
Nov 6 - 12:17 AM

Matt DiBenedetto has finished on the lead lap only once in 17 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

The encouraging fact is that his lead lap finish came in his most recent attempt in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. He finished 24th after starting 27th. One week previous he finishe3d 25th after starting 24th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but was five laps off the pace. If he qualifies in the mid-20s at Texas Motor Speedway, he could be a solid sleeper.
Nov 3 - 7:56 PM

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.

Coming off of an 11th place NXS finish in Kansas, DiBenedetto is fueled by momentum heading to the Lone Star state. This weekend will mark his 4th NXS start at TMS, where in his three previous runs, he completed a total of 359 laps at the 1.5-mile oval. Debuting sponsorship in Kansas, the No. 14 Toyota will again sport the red and black paint scheme of Superior Essex for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. DiBenedetto and the No. 14 team head to Texas with an optimistic mindset in hopes of securing another solid finish.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Nov 1 - 4:35 PM

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.

DiBenedetto was also required to qualify on time in the latest short track race at Richmond International Raceway as the team put Dylan Lupton behind the wheel of the No. 83. DiBenedetto qualified on time for that race, but was involved in two separate accidents and failed to complete the laps. He was credited with 37th. The good news is that he had a season-best sixth at Bristol Motor Speedway this spring.
Oct 25 - 10:49 AM

Matt DiBenedetto has finished in the top 30 in his last four races of 2016.

Winning one’s fantasy league is often about finding consistent drivers who fit a salary cap niche. DiBenedetto has average finish of 27.5 in those events. Equally important, he has finished better than he started in three of those races to earn positive place-differential points; the one race in which he failed to improve over his qualification effort was a one position loss.
Oct 14 - 11:24 AM

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.

DiBenedetto sustained crash damage and retired on lap 116, however, so that race should be eliminated from the handicapping formula. Expect the No. 83 to finish in the mid-30s and plan accordingly.
Oct 1 - 9:51 AM

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

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