Matt DiBenedetto prepares to re-build from scratch when he resumes work in Michigan this morning.
A few days ago, DiBenedetto looked unfortunate when his weekend came to a downside when he suffered a transmission issue.
DiBenedetto’s crew worked hard to get the gearbox issue resolved before finishing 33rd with 25 laps down.
His Michigan Cup Performances Rewind
Two months ago, DiBenedetto ran off from 30th before a series of mechanical faults held him back at the finish line in 36th with two laps down.
Looking back at his Michigan run in Cup so far, DiBenedetto’s best results in a BK Racing Toyota was 30th & 32nd in August 2015 -16 events respectively.
Apart from that, he fnished two worse runs during June 2015 in 39th followed by a wreck precisely a year later.
When he switched to GO FAS Racing last year, DiBenedetto’s form has improved big time.
He first cracked inside the Top 30 where he finished 28th 14 months ago followed by his best Michigan Cup result of 26th in August last year.
- Seven Starts
- 1243 of 1273 Laps Completed, 97.6%
- Average Start & Finish: 32.1
- DNF: One, Crash (June 2016)
He made two additional starts over in the NASCAR XFINITY Series during 2012 & 2016.
Although, both of these results looked unlucky where he suffered a vibration in his first NXS start followed by a rear gear issue four years later.
- 2 Starts
- 8 of 250 Laps Completed, 3.2%
- Average Start: 32.5 & Finish: 40.5
- DNF: Two
He did attend four years ago at this track when he tried to get his No.46 Chevrolet through the cut-off in time for race day.
But he fell short when having come 42nd fastest behind Tommy Joe Martins and Tim Schendel during qualifying.
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 22 Starts
- 5625 of 5962 Laps Completed, 94.3%
- Six Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 18th, March 2018 in Fontana
- Best Finish: 7th, July 2018 in Daytona
- One Top 10, 4.5%
- Average Start: 29.3 & Finish: 26.3
- He currently sits 30th in the Drivers’ Standings with 156 Points.
- DNF: Four
- 27th, Daytona 500 (Brakes)
- 31st, Atlanta
- 22nd, Las Vegas
- 25th, Phoenix
- 31st, Fontana
- 32nd, Martinsville
- 16th, Texas
- 21st, Bristol
- 16th, Richmond
- 19th, Talladega
- 29th, Dover
- 22nd, Kansas
- 37th, Charlotte (Oil Leak) & Pocono (Brakes)
- 36th, Michigan
- 17th, Sonoma
- 29th, Chicago
- 7th, Daytona 2
- 37th, Kentucky (Vibration)
- 28th, New Hampshire
- 27th, Pocono
- 33rd, Watkins Glen
Very unlucky to see that gearbox issue affect DiBenedetto & his team a few days ago.
Though, his crew worked very hard to get that issue fixed before DiBenedetto did the best he can to finish off at Watkins Glen.
33rd may not be a great result to hear when it comes to going 25 laps down.
But at least, the No.32 Ford Fusion didn’t die after all when he picked up some points in the end.
Now the hard work has to come back here this morning for practice and qualifying.
So he & the No.32 crew needed much data as possible to see how the set up goes when DiBenedetto takes the big test on Sunday.
Forget about significant results, only thinking about outside the box and fight with his talent and spirit.
Some of the cars may be better or worse than DiBenedetto’s no matter how quality the equipment is.
It’s all about surviving through all three stages and getting many points as possible as last week.
Though, this time somewhat better than Watkins Glen without interrupting any mechanical or incident-related issues on the way.
And great seeing Harvest Investments/Properties.com onboard to support DiBenedetto over the next three days on his paint scheme.
It conveys that there’s enormous support needed that DiBenedetto & the GO FAS Racing crew can achieve even better things from here.
They won’t give up a fight and DiBenedetto’s fan base will be even as great as one of the top drivers right now in the sport.
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