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DiBenedetto Forced to Sit Out Texas Cup Race

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Following a crash in the XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto will be forced to sit out Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event.

Driving the No. 14 entry for TriStar Motorsports in the XFINITY race, DiBenedetto made heavy contact with the outside wall on Lap 134 of the 200 lap event. After being checked over, DiBenedetto was not cleared to drive by physicians and has entered NASCAR’s concussion protocol.

BK Racing announced Jeffrey Earnhardt would substitute for DiBenedetto on Sunday. Earnhardt ran for the organization at Talladega Superspeedway a couple weeks ago. This weekend will mark Earnhardt’s 20th Sprint Cup Series start of the season.

DiBenedetto had qualified the No. 83 Toyota for BK Racing in 33rd for the Sprint Cup Series race.

DiBenedetto becomes the third NASCAR driver to enter concussion protocol this year, joining Dale Earnhardt Jr. and John Wes Townley.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.