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Matt DiBenedetto drives No. 21 Ford Mustang to third-place finish at Kentucky Speedway

Matt DiBenedetto finished third in the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday.

DiBenedetto’s top five finish, the second time he has achieved that result this year, added 43 points to his season total.

DiBenedetto started in 10th position and led one lap in the race. The sixth-year driver has picked up four top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in his career.

Sunday’s race was DiBenedetto’s fifth career start at Kentucky Speedway.

The Grass Valley, California native’s starting and finishing positions compared favorably to his career averages, starting 17 spots higher than his career mark of 26.7 and completing the race 22 places ahead of his 24.9 career average finish.

DiBenedetto’s third-place finish was against a field of 38 drivers. The race endured eight cautions and 42 caution laps. Prior to the checkered flag there were 13 lead changes.

Cole Custer secured the victory in the race, followed by Martin Truex Jr in second place. After DiBenedetto’s third-place finish, Kevin Harvick secured fourth, and Kurt Busch finished off the top five.

After Aric Almirola won the first stage, Brad Keselowski drove the No. 2 car to the win in Stage 2.

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