Matt DiBenedetto

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Matt DiBenedetto
Matt DiBenedetto 47 2012 Road America Sargento 200.jpg
DiBenedetto at Road America in 2012
Born (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 23)
Grass Valley, California, U.S.
Awards 2007 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
5 races run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 83/93 (BK Racing)
First race 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 (Phoenix)
Last race 2015 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
49 races run over 5 years
2014 position 21st
Best finish 21st (2014)
First race 2009 Kroger On Track for the Cure 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of April 19, 2015.

Matt Guido DiBenedetto (born July 27, 1991 in Grass Valley, California)[1] is an Italian-American stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 83 and No. 93 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota Camrys for BK Racing.

Early years[edit]

DiBenedetto first showed an interest in auto racing after receiving his Little League trophy around age 8. His father, Tony, who raced an Opel Manta in SCCA and IMSA in the late 1970s and early 1980s, noticed he preferred watching automobile racing on television over baseball. DiBenedetto's father knew that another player on his son's Little League team was competing in mini cart racing so he bought him a used cart which a young DiBenedetto drove to his first victory.

NASCAR career[edit]

DiBenedetto first appeared in 2009 at the Memphis Motorsports Park and drove the #20 Pizza Ranch Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. DiBenedetto raced part-time in the #20 car in 2010.

His first race of 2010 came at the night race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series from Tennessee. He was solid the whole night and bagged a top 10 performance in 10th. His next race came from Road America. While running 11th he had an axle problem due to running over the curbs too hard, and that lead to him being many laps down. DiBenedetto ran six races for Joe Gibbs in 2010, with two top ten finishes. In 2011, he drove for Laerte Zatta in the K&N Pro Series East. After sponsorship dried up, he joined The Motorsports Group midway through 2012 and ran as a start and park driver.

In 2013, DiBenedetto joined Vision Racing to drive the No. 37 car part-time in the Nationwide Series[2] and also started and parked the few races he was in.

During the 2014 season's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona, DiBenedetto replaced Jeffrey Earnhardt in the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevy during the first caution due to Earnhardt suffering a fractured collarbone in a motorcycle accident during the week.[3] For the second race he joined The Motorsports Group, where he has start-and-parked the #46 Chevrolet at 12 races and raced the rest with the #46. He had a 11th finish at Road America and a 13th at Mid-Ohio, both at road courses.

DiBenedetto will move up to the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, driving the No. 83 and No. 93 Toyotas for BK Racing on a part time basis; he is sharing the No. 83 this year with Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter. He failed to qualify in his first two attempts at Atlanta and Las Vegas before finally qualifying for his Sprint Cup debut at Phoenix.

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Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt DiBenedetto Career Statistics
  2. ^ Wolkin, Joseph (April 21, 2013). "Matt Dibenedetto to Return to NASCAR Nationwide Series with Vision Racing". Rant Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ Eddinger, Mark (July 4, 2014). "Dakoda Armstrong Wins Pole as Downpour Causes 7-Car Crash in Round 1 of Nationwide Qualifying at Daytona". Sports Media 101. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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