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Matt DiBenedetto |

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

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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

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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

Matt DiBenedetto qualified 35th and finished 35th in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Phoenix; he was five laps off the pace when the checkers waved. He attempted to qualify at Atlanta and Vegas, but missed the show.

Auto Club Speedway is another unrestricted, intermediate speedway and qualification will be difficult again this week with 46 cars on the entry list. If he makes the race fantasy owners will have another opportunity to evaluate him.
Mar 18 - 10:34 AM

Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify for the Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta and the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas. He is hoping the third time is the charm as he attempts the 500 at Phoenix.

The only way DiBenedetto will get any significant seat time is to make a race, so fantasy owners have not yet had a chance to evaluate him.
Mar 11 - 3:41 PM

Matt DiBenedetto will share driving duties in the No. 83 with Johnny Sauter and that responsibility starts this week. Making the show at Atlanta will be a huge task because the Young Gun has qualified for only 14 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races in the XFINITY series.

Most of these starts ended early behind the wall, but DiBenedetto has been running at the end of five races. His best finish was a 16th in Curtis Key’s No. 40 at Kansas last October.
Feb 27 - 9:47 AM