DiBenedetto led one of the most laps of the Daytona 500 last period prior to being captured in a huge accident, breaking onto the scene with the little Leavine Family Racing procedure which safeguarded Joe Gibbs Racing aid for that period.
After a 19 th area begin, DiBenedetto took 4th at Sonoma, prior to taking place a run to rack up 7 leading 10 s throughout the 2nd fifty percent of the period, consisting of a runner-up coating at Bristol.
However, prior to the period ended up DiBenedetto was gone down for the 2020 period by LFR for Joe Gibbs junior Christopher Bell, as well as DiBenedetto’s psychological response integrated with his underdog standing led to a cascade of assistance from NASCAR followers.
The ruling Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin– a Joe Gibbs chauffeur– stated that NASCAR groups proprietors were “idiots” if they really did not indicator DiBenedetto, as well as he ultimately racked up a drive with the Wood Brothers– among NASCAR’s earliest as well as most effective groups as well as flaunts the assistance of Team Penske– adhering to Paul Menard’s retired life.
“We’re going to be a strong team, we’re going to turn heads all season long,” DiBenedetto informed Autosport/Motorsport com.
“But Daytona is constantly a large possibility, the Fords are actually quick there. They have actually had excellent success in the past so if points exercise we’ll absolutely have the race cars and truck as well as the rate to head out as well as compete for it.
“It’s been cool seeing just how they [Wood Brothers] run.
“My people have a tonne of experience as well as have actually been around for a long period of time.
“We have a great team, our partnership with Team Penske behaves so we have quick race automobiles as well as assistance from Ford, Roush Yates for engines, every little thing is excellent.
“It’s cool to see just how every little thing is with their prep work, on the race cars and truck as well as prior to we obtain to the very first race.
“Our objective is to compete for victories, make the playoffs, make it deep right into the playoffs as well as attempt as well as be a competitor all period long.”
Following his advancement efficiency in in 2014’s Daytona 500, DiBenedetto states it is no fluke that he is solid on superspeedways which he methods his craft.
“Superspeedway racing has been something over the years I’ve studied hardest on and worked on the most to become a better plate racer,” stated DiBenedetto.
“It’s straight associated to my efficiency on the race course, there’s been lots of races where we have actually remained in setting, undoubtedly in 2014 where we led one of the most laps in the Daytona 500 as well as probably were the cars and truck to beat.
” I’m actually certain in my capacity on the superspeedways, specifically entering with a group like the Wood Brothers, the quick race automobiles as well as just how quick the fords are it simply provides you added self-confidence.”
The Wood Brothers last 500 success came 2011, when Trevor Bayne won in just his 2nd Cup Series begin.