REESE/Draw-Tite Ford Finish 31st at Bristol

Views: 33 Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 REESE/Draw-Tite Ford team had some early success in Sunday’s Food City Presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway but were collected in a mid-race multi-car incident and wound up with a 31st-place finish. DiBenedetto started ninth after the line-up for the top 12 starting spots was set by a draw among the top 12 teams in car owner points. He struggled with a loose handling condition in the opening laps but took the lead by staying on the track when…

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DiBenedetto Heads to Bristol with REESE and Draw-Tite

Views: 32 Last fall at Bristol Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto, having learned just days before that he would be a free agent in 2020, turned in a performance that won the hearts of fans both at the track and across the NASCAR nation. Although he relinquished the lead after holding the top spot for 93 laps late in the race and wound up in second place, the crowd cheered loud and long as he was interviewed for the TV and radio broadcasts. In those interviews, DiBenedetto, who finished second, vowed…

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DiBenedetto Finishes 15th at Charlotte

Views: 23 After a promising start to Thursday’s Alsco Uniforms 500-kilometer Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/Richmond team struggled with a loose handing condition for the remainder of the race and wound up with a 15th-place finish. DiBenedetto started fourth when the line-up was set using a modified inversion of the finish of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, where he finished 17th. On the start of Thursday’s 208-lap race, he pushed pole-sitter William Byron into the lead going into Turns One and Two then…

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DiBenedetto Finishes 17th in the Coca-Cola 600

Views: 39 Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/FVP team had an up-and-down day in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway before ending up 17th at the finish. The day started on the down side as the Menards Mustang was super loose in the first qualifying session held since the Cup Series resumed racing following a 10-week halt due to the coronavirus. DiBenedetto lost control and bounced off the wall, forcing the team to pull out a back-up Mustang. That meant he had to start the 600-mile marathon from the…

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Wood Brothers Racing: A Memorial Day Weekend Tradition

Views: 34 Fresh off a ninth-place finish at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday night, Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/FVP team head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Cup circuit’s annual Memorial Day weekend tradition – the Coca-Cola 600. DiBenedetto, who enters the weekend ninth in the Cup standings, said he’s expecting to run well in his first start there in the iconic No. 21 Mustang. “It’s a fun place to race,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.” DiBenedetto, driving for another team last year, had a fast car…

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DiBenedetto Finishes 9th at Darlington

Views: 58 Despite struggling to find the speed he hoped to have at Darlington Raceway, Matt DiBenedetto came away from two races in four days with two solid finishes, including his second top-10 finish of the season, a ninth-place effort in Wednesday night’s 500-kilometer race at the Lady in Black. DiBenedetto and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang fired off fast in Wednesday’s race, the start of which was delayed by rain throughout the day. He started seventh after the qualifying order was set through an inversion of the finishing…

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Wood Brothers Racing: Wednesday Night Race at the Lady in Black

Views: 49 Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head back to Darlington Raceway Wednesday night for an encore performance with the Lady In Black. DiBenedetto finished 14th in this past Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington, which marked NASCAR’s return to racing after a 10-week hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. With that race in the books, DiBenedetto and the team are working to find more speed for Wednesday’s 500-kilometer race, a rare midweek prime-time TV appearance for the sport. Once again, there will be no fans…

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DiBenedetto Team Finishes 14th at Darlington

Views: 49 After a 10-week layoff due to the coronavirus, Matt DiBenedetto climbed back into the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang and was back at work in Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. In an effort to try to prevent the spread of the virus, Sunday’s race was run without practice or qualifying. DiBenedetto said taking the green flag at the “Track Too Tough to Tame” under those circumstances wasn’t as difficult as it might seem. “It felt great to get back in the car,” he said.…

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Motorcraft / Quick Lane Team Return to Racing at Darlington

Views: 43 When Matt DiBenedetto travels to Darlington Raceway for Sunday’s resumption of the NASCAR Cup Series season he’ll be doing it much like old-school race fans have done over the years. Due to conditions placed on the event because of concerns of spreading COVID-19, DiBenedetto and his fellow drivers will drive themselves to the track and basically quarantine themselves until they strap in for the start of the 400-mile race. Just as old-school fans who packed a picnic lunch and fired up the ol’ hotrod for the trip to…

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Remembering Ray Lee Wood

Views: 35 For decades people in southern Virginia and beyond knew Ray Lee Wood for the beautiful flowers growing in front of his home in the community of Buffalo Ridge and for the sourwood honey that he collected from his beehives. They knew of his prized Persian cats and Siberian Huskies, and the goldfish he raised in ponds on his family property. Others were amazed at his knowledge of the Bible and his loyalty to the Pentecostal Holiness Church. And there were some that knew the rest of the story, about how Wood was an integral…

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