Matt DiBenedetto has been going for stage points lately. He knows his car is fast enough to be a playoff car and he just needs to accumulate enough points for the rest of the regular season in order to make the postseason for the first time of his career.
You can see the blueprint that they’re taking. They’ve elected for stage points at Pocono and Indy and throwing out a chance at a win. By doing so, the confidence kept going up. The race cars in turn kept getting better.
On Sunday, he netted eight more stage points in the Quaker State 400 which keeps moving him up.
On a 1.5-mile track though, stage points can factor into a good finish as well. DiBenedetto, brought his No. 21 Ford home third at the Kentucky Speedway to not only salvage a great day on points, but a great finish too.
The Wood Brothers driver has two top six finishes in his last three starts on the season and two top fives now. This is what he calls the most confident he’s ever been in a Cup car.
“No, never,” said DiBenedetto on of his confidence has ever been higher.“I’ve never been this comfortable and this confident.
“What does that, though, is my team.Driving this 21 car for the Wood Brothers, having such a good team, great people around you.
“Firing off the race with no practice, yeah, it’s pretty good, don’t really touch it.Tiny air pressure.That’s amazing to have that good of people here.
“Having our alliance with Team Penske, support from them.All the support from Ford.That is what does it.That’s what makes my confidence so high because I’m so confident in my guys.”
Now it’s go Wednesday nights All-Star Race. DiBenedetto is happy it was moved to Bristol this year. See, that’s his best track. While he has to race his way in from the open, it’s entirely possible that if he can reach the main event, he’s a strong sleeper to win it all.