NASCARNASCAR Craftsman Truck SeriesDiBenedetto Rebounds for Kansas Top-10 Finish

DiBenedetto Rebounds for Kansas Top-10 Finish

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

After starting from the rear of the field Matt DiBenedetto rebounded to score a top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway.

The veteran driver started at the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments. An issue with the brakes forced the Rackley W.A.R. team to make the adjustments between NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying and the race.

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Matt DiBenedetto on track in the No. 25 Racklet Roofing Chevrolet Silverado at Kansas Speedway. Photo by Rachel Schuoler / Kickin’ the Tires.

DiBenedetto didn’t break into the top-10 in the Heart of America 200 until the final Stage of the race. A late-race caution with 12 laps to go gave the Grass Valley, Calif. native a chance to climb further up the running order. However, a slow restart for John Hunter Nemechek in the outside lane hampered DiBenedetto’s No. 25 Rackley Roofing / W.A.R. Shocks Chevrolet Silverado.

In the mad scramble for position, the 30-year-old picked up a couple of spots. DiBenedetto snuck by Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton, as well as fellow Chevy Racing driver Derek Kraus to take seventh. When the checkered flag waved, he was just behind Nemechek.

DiBenedetto started the race 34th after qualifying 12th. Two other drivers also started from the rear of the field, Stewart Friesen and Tate Fogleman. Friesen missed practice and qualifying due to travel delays while Fogleman, like DiBenedetto, had unapproved adjustments made to his truck.

In a caution-free Stage 1, he moved up to 21st. By the time a caution-free Stage 2 ended, he had moved into 14th. However, being outside the top-10 in both stages meant that DiBenedetto earned zero Stage points. 

The seventh-place finish is DiBenedetto’s third career top-10 finish in the Truck Series. It’s his 36th top-10 finish across NASCAR’s three National Touring Series.

Despite the top-10 finish, DiBenedetto remains 15th in the championship points standings. He is 153-points behind leader Ben Rhodes. DiBenedetto is 66-points behind the playoff cutline, currently held by Crafton.

Next for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the 220 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20.

Featured Photo Credit: Photo by Rachel Schuoler / Kickin’ the Tires.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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