Matt DiBenedetto will need to have a good strategy at Richmond Raceway if he wants to advance to the next round of the 2020 Playoffs.
Making it to the playoffs for the first time in his Cup career, DiBenedetto is already at the risk of becoming one of the four drivers to not advance from the first round.
After his 21st-place finish at Darlington Raceway, DiBenedetto sits 15th on the Playoffs standings, 17 points behind the cutline.
What makes the matter worse for the Wood Brothers Racing driver is that he will be racing in the upcoming track with a different tire compound than last year and with the use of the low-downforce package in the track for the first time.
These new circumstances are making DiBenedetto anxious ahead of the race, the driver said.
“This is one that I am kind of anxious to get to and interested to see how it goes because we are in the playoffs and this is the first time that we are running at Richmond when otherwise we would normally have had a race under our belt and that would allow you to know without practice where we need to roughly be because we would have learned it at the first race.
“We don’t have that. I think it is interesting. I actually talked with my crew chief (Greg Erwin) and engineer to kind of see what the strategy is and how they come up with their starting setup.
“Man, it makes my head hurt all the information that they look through to try to get a close or what they think will be a close starting setup for the race.”
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