Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice?: Matt DiBenedetto’s Late-Season Surge? Can It Pay Off For 2020?

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Did You Notice? … The strength of Matt DiBenedetto’s late-season surge? In the last six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, DiBenedetto’s earned four top-10 finishes. That matches his career total through 140 Cup starts before joining the No. 95 of Leavine Family Racing this season. The recent spurt has caused DiBenedetto to jump to 22nd …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Stays Up Late at Darlington

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I can only speak for myself, but this was one of the most tiring weekends in recent years that didn’t involve covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A Cup race that started nearly four hours late due to rain, combined with weekend edit responsibilities and a number of major sports car series we (read: I) …

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The Underdog House: Throwback Style

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Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto might want to head to Vegas a little early. After all, he has been on quite the heater lately. DiBenedetto scored another top-10 finish on Sunday night (Sept. 1). Actually, thanks to a little adverse weather, it ended up being Monday morning by the time the checkered flag waved. …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Blast From the Past

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Tradition. That’s the theme of the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway with the Bojangles Southern 500, and despite a start at 10 p.m. ET and not finishing until around 2 a.m., the full race distance was run before Hurricane Dorian could arrive. That commitment, whether in the stands or on the couch at home, deserves …

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Up to Speed: Remembering Hut Stricklin’s Darlington Near-Miss

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two weeks later, the memory of Matt DiBenedetto’s strong run at Bristol Motor Speedway is still fresh.  Days after learning he would be replaced at Leavine Family Racing next year, DiBenedetto nearly pulled off a surprising victory in Thunder Valley.  If not for Denny Hamlin’s late charge through the field in the closing laps, DiBenedetto …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Bojangles’ Southern 500

It’s crown jewel time. After a week off, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Darlington, S.C., for one of its most prestigious races of the year — the 2019 Bojangles’ Southern 500. The race will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. NBCSN will air the event. A big race needs …

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Barstool Sports Sponsoring Matt DiBenedetto in 2 Cup Races

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Matt DiBenedetto has picked up sponsorship from Barstool Sports, the media company’s president Dave Portnoy announced Thursday, Aug. 29. Barstool Sports will sponsor DiBenedetto’s No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. ? @mattdracing pic.twitter.com/nFRF6MaXQI — Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 29, 2019 …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Now Officially Has No Weaknesses

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There’s probably not really such a thing as a Christopher Bell naysayer. He’s clearly ready for Monster Energy Cup Series racing in 2020 — and an excellent argument could be made that he could have successfully made the jump this year — as he’s accomplished everything he possibly could at the NASCAR Xfinity Series level …

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Fire on Fridays: We See a Lot of Matt DiBenedetto in Ourselves

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Denny Hamlin snatched the trophy and checkered flag on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but there’s no debating that Matt DiBenedetto snatched our hearts. It’s almost too Hollywood for the 28-year-old journeyman (what an oxymoron that is, by the way) to win his first career Cup race while …

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We Need More Bob Leavines

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In the last two weeks, Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine has been crucified on social media, especially Twitter, for the decision to let Matt DiBenedetto go from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race team. DiBenedetto has given LFR more top fives in one year than it scored in its previous eight years of …

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