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K&N PRO SERIES EAST: DiBenedetto Tops In New England 125 Practice

Thursday, July 14, 2011

LOUDON, N.H. – Matt DiBenedetto has taken to New Hampshire Motor Speedway quite nicely.

DiBenedetto, of Grass Valley, Calif., posted the fastest time in today's 90-minute NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice at the Magic Mile. His fast lap of 30.182 seconds (126.194 mph) was better than those posted by series points leader Max Gresham and rookie Daniel Suarez.

"I don't know if it was dead-on perfect, but it was pretty close," DiBendetto said. "We made a qualifying run and it felt pretty neutral.

"We started off just decent. I wouldn't call (the car) real great. We were fighting a little tight in the center and pretty loose off – so it was just one of those things that's a little tough to fix sometimes."

 

DiBenedetto won in his only career start at New Hampshire, which came in this race two years ago.

"Hopefully we can make it two-for-two here," said DiBenedetto, who is second in the standings, 17 points behind Gresham through seven races. "This is probably my first- or second-favorite track we come to. This is a pretty good track for me, and my guys always give me fantastic race cars."

– TB