NASCARNASCAR Craftsman Truck SeriesMatt DiBenedetto Extends Top-10 Streak with Sixth at World Wide Technology Raceway

Matt DiBenedetto Extends Top-10 Streak with Sixth at World Wide Technology Raceway

MADISON, Ill. – Front-runners face perils of their own to open the door for others to gain track position for solid finishes in Saturday’s Toyota 200.

Matt DiBenedetto was one who extended his top-10 streak in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by finishing in sixth.

“Turned out to be a good solid day,” “We made the very most of our truck with that sixth place finish and getting the stage points. That was pretty well maximized. The team did a good job, Chad (Kendrick, crew chief) did a good job. We were able to make a good run out of it.

“We’ve got two good races coming up: Nashville and Mid-Ohio. Hopefully we can win one so we don’t have to worry about the points, because it is tight.”

Pit strategy gave his team much needed stage points when he finished fifth in Stage 1, giving him the edge over his competitors fighting on the bubble of the Playoffs. After Darlington Raceway, the No. 25 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet was 20 points below the Playoff cut line. DiBenedetto now sits seven points to the good as the final seed with just four races left in the regular season.

He knows the key is aggressive and focused consistency.

“A third, a sixth, an eighth, we’ve found good consistency. I’m proud of the team, and my pit crew is doing a great job. They’re such an integral part of this. Chevy has really been helping our team grow. It’s neat to see the team coming together, executing, having smooth races and making the most of our stuff.

“We want to win one obviously, but we’re having good consistency as a team.”

What better way for DiBenedetto to earn his second career victory at the race of his sponsor, the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Speedway on July 23.

Justin Schuoler
Justin Schuoler
Justin’s experience starts back in the mid-90s racing dirt bikes and ATVs. He won a local championship in 1999, and competed in multiple endurance grand prix races across Southern California. In 2015, he shifted from two wheels to four wheels, winning his first sprint kart race and finishing second in that championship. Now he works as a race official with that very club while working on making a comeback to the track. Simultaneously, his journalism career began with NASCAR and Supercross. First started with Speedway Media, he now works as the web developer and tech manager for Kickin’ the Tires. He met his significant other at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and after he and Rachel married in 2018, they together have covered west coast races in karting, Supercross, NASCAR, drag racing, dirt racing, World of Outlaws, and even a visit to his original motocross club.


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