Iowa: Matt DiBenedetto preview

Matt DiBenedetto to Make Home Delivery at Iowa Speedway In No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 27, 2010) -- Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt DiBenedetto is hoping to make a special home delivery Saturday on behalf of Pizza ...

Matt DiBenedetto to Make Home Delivery at Iowa Speedway In No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 27, 2010) -- Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt DiBenedetto is hoping to make a special home delivery Saturday on behalf of Pizza Ranch.

Although DiBenedetto was born in Northern California and currently resides in North Carolina, his sponsor is headquartered in Iowa and will be on board of JGR's No. 20 Nationwide Series Toyota for this Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Pizza Ranch has supported DiBenedetto throughout his Nationwide Series career with JGR and this will be the third time they've appeared on the car this season.

Although he has yet to race on the track at Iowa Speedway, DiBenedetto has been able attend a race in person and will watch the broadcast of last year's race to further help familiarize himself with the track. One thing is for sure this week however for DiBenedetto and the No. 20 Pizza Ranch crew, there will be no shortage of home cooking with the opportunity to dine all week at one of several Pizza Ranch locations in the area.

This will be a very special week for DiBenedetto, who not only has the opportunity to race at his sponsor's home track, but also celebrated his 19th birthday on Tuesday, July 27.

This will be the fifth Nationwide Series race of the season for DiBenedetto and just the sixth of his young career. He is looking forward to getting back on the track following a disappointing outing a week ago at O'Reilly Raceway Park, in which he was one of several cars to receive major damage upon the drop of the green flag when the outside lane bunched up creating an accordion effect and resulting in significant damage to both the front and rear of several cars. What made it more disappointing is that DiBenedetto appeared set for a strong night at ORP as he showed comfort on the short track with the fastest lap time among cars in race trim during the day's final practice and then a 10th-place qualifying effort.

Matt DiBenedetto, No. 20 Pizza Ranch NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry at ORP

What have you been able to learn about Iowa Speedway?

"It is a really nice facility and it is a pretty good momentum track. It should suit my driving style pretty well because I'm not hard on the brakes and prefer a sweeping momentum track like Iowa appears to be.

Are you looking forward to racing in Iowa for Pizza Ranch ?

"It will be awesome to represent Pizza Ranch in their home state and have all the folks from Pizza Ranch come and enjoy the race. They have been very supportive of me and I'm looking forward to getting out there a little early and having the opportunity to get out in the local community. Hopefully we can put on a good show for everyone and put their car up front where it belongs. I know their excited and I am too."

Car Information

Chassis No. 2093: This will be the second race of 2010 for Chassis No. 2093. It previously ran at Nashville on April 3 with Joey Logano qualifying on the pole before finishing eighth. It ran in five races in 2009 with a victory at the first race in Nashville serving as its top finish. Chassis No. 2099 will be the backup car for the race.

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano , Matt DiBenedetto
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing