- New Hampshire
Matt Dibenedetto from Grass Valley, CA finished 5th place in today’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race in New Hampshire. The 5th place finish give Matt DiBenedetto and the 95 Levine Family Racing team their 2nd Top 5 finish this year with the last one a 4th place at Sonoma Raceway for the SaveMart 350.
What is most impressive is how hot the team is right now. With a lot of talk and pressure about Christopher Bell, driver in the XFinity Series and Joe Gibbs Racing contracted driver, pushing to be moved up the the MENCS Series and possible into the #95, DiBenedetto is making a decision like that seem ridiculous.
With 2 Top 5’s and 3 total Top 10’s on the season, Matt is LFR’s most top 5 and 10 places in team history. DiBenedetto and the LFR 95 has an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. They get 2nd generation equipment and cars and a Pit Crew, but they do not have key information shared with them. This makes these finishes more impressive, as the team continues to beat teams with significantly bigger budgets, better equipment and team information.
After the race an animated DiBenedetto said, “I hate to repeat myself, but my team, “Wheels” (Matt’s Crew Chief Mike Wheeler, Crew, Procore, Toyota they just keep knocking them out. He continued that it was hot and he weighed himself before the race and was going to go find out how much weight he lost during the race.
Matt also wished his sister Katie a Happy Birthday today!
Entering the race DiBenedetto was in 25th in the standings, with the 5th place finish and 32 points (329 total) he passes Rookie Daniel Hemric 0 points (308 total) after wrecking early in the race and placed last. Matt chases Ty Dillon next who finished in 18th and added 21 points (342) giving DiBenedetto 14 points to pass for 23rd in the standings. Matt will also pass his best point total in the MENCS with 40 more points on the season. With 16 more races to go in the season, DiBenedetto is looking to crush that point total.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Series is next heading to Pocono Raceway for the Gander RV 400 next Sunday. Coverage will be on NBCSN at 12 PM Pacific. DiBenedetto’s best career finish at Pocono was in June for the first Pocono race this year with a 17th place finish.