DiBenedetto Takes Gamble on Himself and it’s Paying Off

Matt DiBenedetto on Pit Road at Chicagoland Speedway before the Camping World 400 NASCAR Cup Series practice on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio.

Following the 2018 race season, Matt DiBenedetto’s fourth year competing at NASCAR’s top level, the Monster Energy Cup Series, he chose to leave the team he was with to essentially become a free agent.  DiBenedetto had no other deal lined up or guaranteed but was placing a bet on himself that someone would pick him up.  That team was the No. 95 of Leavine Family Racing, an organization that was looking to make some major changes to include a possible manufacturer change from Chevrolet to Toyota and an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing.  When all the T’s were crossed and the I’s dotted, Matt DiBenedetto was set to embark on the best opportunity of his career.

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Rookie Crew Chief, Taylor Moyer Handling Multiple Drivers

Zane Smith driver of the No. 8 at JR Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway, talking with his crew chief during Xfinity Series qualifying for the Camping World 300 on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has seen multiple drivers split seat time in a car, and even chase the owner’s championship.  Normally it’s done with a rotation of Monster Energy Cup Series drivers and a veteran crew chief.  JR Motorsports is choosing a different path for the drivers of the No. 8.  While they have used a couple of Cup drivers like Chase Elliott and Ryan Preece, most of the schedule is covered by developing drivers like Jeb Burton, Ryan Truex, and Zane Smith, in the car for the Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday.

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Enfinger Knocking Hard on the Door to Victory Lane

Grant Enfinger gets huge applause from fans at Chicagoland Speedway during driver introductions just before the Camping World 225 on Friday, June 27, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio

Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford for ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is on pace to have a career year.  Through the first half of the season, he has been near or on top of the points standings, swapping the lead back and forth.  Lately, he has maintained the summit spot based off some very consistent runs week in and week out, holding a 480 to 426 point lead over second.

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Chad Bryant Racing Carrying the Torch Passed on from Cunningham Motorsports

Paul Andrews and Chad Bryant from Chad Bryant Racing during ARCA Menards Series qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio.

Chad Bryant Racing is growing and building in a positive direction throughout their first two years as one of the top contending teams in the ARCA Menards Series. Chad Bryant and crew chief Paul Andrews are continuing on with the goals, mentality, and determination they brought to Cunnigham Motorsports while working for them up until Bryant took over the company heading into the 2018 season. 

The Cunningham Motorsports era brought the 2016 ARCA Menards Championship Chase Briscoe, who is now racing the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  With Chad Bryant Racing they are competing with two different prongs with one of their cars driven by second-year driver Joe Graf, Jr behind the wheel driving the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE, Ford.  The other machine is the No. 22 with drivers splitting seat time, highlighted by Ty Majeski and 16-year-old upstart Corey Heim.

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Defending Winner Michael Self is ARCA Polesitter in his Quest to Repeat at Chicagoland Speedway.

The No. 25 with Michael Self and Venturini Motorsports along with the No. 22 with Ty Majeski and Chad Bryant Racing after qualifying on the front row for the ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio

Venturini Motorsports may not own Chicagoland Speedway, but they have a lease with the option to buy after earning the pole for Thursday night’s ARCA Mendards Series Bounty 150. Michael Self will start at the top spot in his No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota Camry as he looks to earn back-to-back wins in the event. Teammate Harrison Burton in the No. 20 Venturini Motorsports car qualified fifth.

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Ty Majeski Fastest at Chicagoland Speedway with Hometown Team in the Mix

Ty Majeski with Chad Bryant Racing is all smiles after leading the ARCA Menards Series practice session at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann

At the top of the ARCA Menards Series, practice speed chart at Chicagoland Speedway is Chad Bryant Racing’s No. 22 with Ty Majeski’s right foot pushing him to a lap of 30.52, equaling a speed of 176.933. Teammate Joe Graf Jr in the No. 77 clocked in 20th but that was after the team thrashed to get the backup car out on the track just in time to turn a lap and be eligible for qualifying coming up at 5:35 pm ET

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Rev Racing Goes Back-to-Back in NASCAR K&N East at Memphis; This time with Chase Cabre

Rev Racing’s Chase Cabre celebrates his first NASCAR K&N East victory at Memphis International Raceway on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Photo – RR

Chase Cabre is our guest on Fan4Racing NASCAR & Race Talk Review at 8:40 pm ET on Monday, June 3, 2019. Call 929-477-1790 or tweet @Fan4RacingSite with any questions or comments during our LIVE broadcast.

One has to wonder if there’s something about Memphis International Raceway that suits the Drive for Diversity drivers at Rev Racing after earning back-to-back victories with both NASCAR Next drivers Chase Cabre this weekend and with Ruben Garcia Jr last season. This is Chase Cabre’s first career victory in 33 starts with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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Bill McAnally Racing Teams Burning Up the Highways as Well as the Race Tracks

Bill McAnally follows his three NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams on the track at Memphis International Raceway, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio

Starting as a driver in the K&N Pro Series West, back then the Winston West Series, Bill McAnally drove his first race in 1991.  He now owns and operates a multi-car race team – Bill McAnally Racing – that has become a top driver development team for Toyota and stepping stone for drivers going to the higher levels of NASCAR. 

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Tanner Gray’s Transition from Straight Line to Oval Track Racing

Tanner Gray turned the quickest lap during two practice sessions for the WhosYourDriver.org twin 100s at South Boston Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Photo – Matt Thacker/NKP

Coming to stock car racing from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing circuit would seem a difficult transition but so far NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Tanner Gray is making it look easy. 

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Mayer Quickest in First K&N East Practice, Then, McLaughlin Earns First Career Pole at Memphis

Sam Mayer’s rookie stripes weren’t showing, s he was quickest in practice at Memphis International Raceway for the Memphis 150. Photo – Nigel Kinrade, NKP

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers got an hour and a half for final practice this afternoon at Memphis International Raceway in preparation for the 3rd Annual Memphis 150 Presented by AutoZone. 

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