Matt DiBenedetto appreciation thread

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by Clutch, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    Tears are flowing.

  2. Revman

    Revman 2X CHAMPION

    Savage. :cool:
  3. Revman

    Revman 2X CHAMPION

    It's been a whole week. ;)
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  4. 10-4

    10-4 Crew Chief

    I had to get to work and missed it. He must have wrecked I see DNF.
  5. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    He ran out of talent on the last lap.

    I switched to women’s golf after he did that. I don’t know if he cried or not.
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  6. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    He over cooked the last turn on the last lap while running second and ended up in the sand trap. Cendric on new tires was probably going to pass him or darn close. Bell was in first and had the lead comfortably. It was a race for second. Nascar ran down at least one lap probably two if they would have hustled and turned it into a two lap shoot out instead of four or five laps left. :mad:
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  7. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I wouldn't say just a check to Hendrick. DEI was a good organization for the most part from 2003-2008, RCR was always solid with Harvick (Bowyer, Burton, etc) from 2003-2013, as well as Gibbs until 2008.

    I realize Hendrick was the main powerhouse with Jimmie & Jeff. But Chevy had other good drivers with other organizations as well for many of those 13 years.
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  8. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    Jeff Gordon spun in turn 1 at Watkins Glen while leading with 2 laps to go.

    These guys are human & sometimes make mistakes when pushing the limit.

    Hate it for Matt but its a learning experience, he’ll move on.
  9. Revman

    Revman 2X CHAMPION

    Certainly, but the point remains....I don't think Chevy operates in the same way Ford and Toyota do in terms of support, and it is biting them.
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  10. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Drivers Edge Development was a step in the right direction for Chevy. However I'm not sure JHN, Gragson, Sheldon Creed or Zane Smith are elite level drivers that Chevy needs. I kinda like Sam Mayer but he's still very young.
  11. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    I guess when you say "win the battle on the race track" you refer to winning races. Championships used to be the mark of winning.
  12. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    I’ll pass that on to Mark Martin.
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  13. Blaze

    Blaze Midnight Rider

    Nah, he won the 1990 Winston Cup Championship. Just ask @AndyMarquisLive
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  14. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner

    So Matt will go to the 21. Given that the 21 is sort of the Penske equivalent to the 95 in the JGR tree, it seems like a lateral move and probably a pretty good landing spot for Matt, all things considered.
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  15. hidesert cowboy

    hidesert cowboy Team Owner

    It’s more than that the 21 car is essentially a Penske car.
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  16. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner

    Can you explain how it's different? I'm just curious. Is it because the 95's association with JGR isn't a direct subsidiary and really just connected in how TRD runs their manufacturer operation - whereas WBR is in full partnership with Penske directly?
  17. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

  18. The Nature Boy

    The Nature Boy Stylin and Profilin

    The real question is whether or not Menards is sticking around.
  19. Hawaii808

    Hawaii808 Team Owner

    Talk about falling up! Good for Matt.
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  20. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    They are.
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  21. 10-4

    10-4 Crew Chief

    That's a solid team good for him.
  22. superchuck500

    superchuck500 Team Owner


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  23. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

  24. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    I don't know how the 95 team works, but when I visited Penske the 21 car was in the shop just like the 2 and 22. I then went to the Wood Brothers Racing shop and all that was there were crickets.
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  25. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    Good Deal. He can win with that car with the right people.
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  26. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    This seems like a great fit, Matt D and the Wood Brothers!
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  27. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Great news. And the #21 is a good car in spite of Paul Menard's subpar performance in it. This could be a dynamic pairing.
  28. DaBiff1618

    DaBiff1618 Team Owner

    I feel like this might be a one year prove it deal like he did with the 95, but there will be a lot of openings next year I believe. If he runs as well as I think he can he will get a good ride long term. I still think Cindric is in the plans of the 21 long term
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  29. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Blaney just finished 9th in the championship in that seat two years ago. Stats weren’t far off from what he did in his first ‘true’ Penske Cup ride last year. It’s a good piece.

    Placating the reddit/Twitter mafia is a blessing for us all as well.
  30. Speedbowl14

    Speedbowl14 Ryan Preece and short tracks

    I don't know what I'm happier about...Matt D getting a good ride or the retiring of another "Daddy's Money" driver who has done absolutely nothing in 15 years.
  31. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    Crap. I wanted Jones at Ford, not Matt D. :(
  32. Mark

    Mark Gasman

    Yeah, Menard wasn't great but he was the best of the "Money" Drivers. He could at least take care of his equipment. And he has a Brickyard 400 trophy and 3 Xfinity wins. He was pretty solid his first few years at RCR and made some naysayers eat crow. Your "he has done absolutely nothing" comment is shortsighted and hyperbolic. At least he's better than say Stenhouse, who drives beyond the limitations of his car and wrecks quite often. I am happy for Matt, though. He has showed this season he is a good driver. And it's a class move for Menards to stay on board to support him.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
  33. sky

    sky Zombie Zoom LLC

    wins at Road America and the Brickyard 400 aren't flukes though, very tough places to score W's. Good for Matty D. Tho good spot to land in
  34. DaBiff1618

    DaBiff1618 Team Owner

    I’m not gonna pencil him into the Championship 4 like Reddit is, but a win wouldn’t be out of the question next season.
  35. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    That leaves the question of who is the more talented driver, Blaney or Matty D

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  36. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    So can this barstool thing happen ?

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  37. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses.

    Correct on the first try.
  38. Fordracing7

    Fordracing7 2018 Pick em Champion

    Lol lateral move? No way the 21 with Menard behind the wheel who is a very mediocre driver is what 20th in points? The 95 is using older generation JGR cars and Matt has been very impressive. The 21 is a full fledged Penske car....I expect matt in the playoffs next year maybe even winning a race or two.
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  39. DaBiff1618

    DaBiff1618 Team Owner

    Blaney. He was a Larson away from a Brickyard 400 win
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  40. DRS3

    DRS3 Team Owner

    Matt wants win #1 and the Wood bros want #100... I think they'll both get what they want.

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