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Matt DiBenedetto

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

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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

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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

Matt DiBenedetto qualified 23rd for the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which is the third-best starting position in his career and his second-best on an unrestricted speedway.

DiBenedetto could well be this week’s best dark horse. He posted the 20th-fastest lap in final practice and was consistently fast throughout the weekend. At his salary cap level, he is worth the risk for almost any fantasy player.
Mar 12 - 7:49 PM

Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify for last year’s Folds of Honor Quicktrip 500 so this will be his first attempt at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

DiBenedetto has made eight starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and earned only one top-25—a 25th at Kansas Speedway last May—and he has never finished on the lead lap on this course type. He has finished better than he started six times to earn positive place-differential points, however.
Feb 26 - 5:19 PM

Heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, BK Racing welcomes Sewanee University aboard the No. 83 Toyota.

Known familiarly as "Sewanee" by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. Vic Keller, Founder of ZAK Products, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and his wife Alesha provided this sponsorship as a unique way to support the school their son proudly attends.-140 BUZZ
Feb 24 - 3:06 PM

Matt DiBenedetto qualified fast enough to make the Daytona 500 on time, but he was the highest finishing Open Driver and raced his way into the show. His finish allowed teammate Robert Richardson to fall back on his time and make the show as well.

This will put four BK Racing teams in the 500, which should give them a little extra funds going forward.
Feb 18 - 10:12 PM

Matt DiBenedetto will race in the Daytona 500. He posted the second fastest time among the Open drivers behind Ryan Blaney. His speed of 192.686 put him 26th on the chart and narrowly beat Michael McDowell.

DiBenedetto will be in a ride that has a charter and guaranteed start for the remainder of the season, but for this race he gave up his car to Michael Waltrip.
Feb 14 - 2:12 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has made only three starts on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways in his short career. He did not have enough experience last year to attempt the Daytona 500 and was forced to make his debut on this track type in May at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

DiBenedetto’s debut was actually quite impressive with an 18th-place finish after starting dead last. He slipped to 26th in the Coke Zero 400, however, and fuel problems relegated him to 40th in the 500.
Feb 3 - 5:17 PM

After making his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut with BK Racing in 2015, Matt DiBenedetto will return to pilot the No. 83 Toyota Camry in 2016.

Veteran crew chief Gene Nead will return atop the pit box for the 83 team. Returning to BK Racing for 2016, Dustless Blasting will sponsor DiBenedetto and the No. 83 car in the upcoming Daytona 500 and for multiple races this season. Cosmo Motors returns to the 83 for multiple races in 2016.-BK Racing
Jan 25 - 1:59 PM

Matt DiBenedetto (#83 Cosmo Toyota Camry) finished 37th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The BK Racing driver started 37th in the lineup and completed 263 laps of the 267-lap event. DiBenedetto, who competed in 33 of the season's 36 races, closed out the season 35th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 11:45:00 PM