It was a battle of the rookies as Matt DiBenedetto of Grass Valley, Calif. bumped his way to a win over pole sitter Ryan Truex for a Heluva Good! finish in today's NASCAR Camping World Series East race.
DiBenedetto lead most of the second half of the Heluva Good! Summer 125, but a late caution and double-file restart put Truex in front. That set up a last-lap charge from DiBenedetto in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Driven Toyota. He got into the backend of Truex's No. 00 NAPA Toyota going into turn 3, and the two were door-handle to door-handle coming out of turn 4 as the battle continued.
"We just hit doors, and then I stood on the gas, wide open, aiming for that Start/Finish line. It was all I was looking at," said DiBenedetto.
"We were where we needed to be and it got taken away from us," said Truex.
DiBenedetto has taken the early lead in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.