A significant step for DiBenedetto and BK Racing

Matt DiBenedetto and team owner Ron Devine meet with the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 22, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.
Matt DiBenedetto and team owner Ron Devine meet with the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 22, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.
Matt DiBenedetto and team owner Ron Devine meet with the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 22, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Five days after the fact, Matt DiBenedetto was still basking in the afterglow of last Sunday’s sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For the record, DiBenedetto scored the best result in the five-year history of BK Racing. After the race, he celebrated with tears in his eyes. More important, however, was the effect the strong run could have on the long-term NASCAR Sprint Cup Series effort of the growing organization.

“Obviously, that was special for the whole team,” DiBenedetto said on Friday before opening Cup practice at Richmond. “I think that’s what I was most excited about – not for myself, but for my team, because we’re like a family and (team owner) Ron (Devine) and I are like family. We have a really close group here at BK Racing and our whole team works together so well…

“I was excited for those guys, and then when I go into the race shop this week and see them telling stories about the weekend, and they’re all smiling and them coming up to me saying, ‘Man, I was crying too, don’t worry.’ It was a really fun weekend and it meant a lot to the team and it’s good momentum. If we can continue to take advantage of those good days when we have a good handling car and we hit it right, then we’re going to have a good season. I’m proud of them.”

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