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Twitter campaign provide DiBenedetto sponsors 03-08-2018
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt DiBenedetto went to Twitter to find some sponsors and ended up with support from NASCAR rivals Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and commentator Darrell Waltrip.

The GoFas No. 32 was going to be all white for the TicketGuardian 500k until these three NASCAR drivers, along with others, chipped in. Additionally, the tweet generated leads that might provide money later in the season. DiBenedetto will be driving with a grateful spirit, but he might give Hamlin and Harvick a little extra room on the track.
Kevin Harvick hit with severe penalty 03-08-2018
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick was docked the seven playoff bonus points he earned at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 20 championship points because a rear brace broke during the race and did not meet specifications afterward, according to NBC NASCAR Talk. He will get to keep the win as part of his qualification to make the playoffs, however.

The team insists the failure did not provide an advantage and is considering whether or not to appeal. Bonus points persist through the first three stages of the playoffs and those seven points could play a critical difference.
Rowan Pennink to miss Whelen Modified opener 03-08-2018
Richard Boswell
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Rowan Pennink won't be in the lineup when the series kicks off the 2018 season March 17 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Pennink revealed exclusively to RaceDayCT on Wednesday that he recently had emergency surgery involving a pair of herniated discs in his back that will force him to miss the Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Pennink said he doesn't expect the Boehler Racing Enterprises team to be at the Myrtle Beach event with another driver. Depending on his recovery, Pennink said he may also miss the second event of the Whelen Modified Tour season on April 8, the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway.-RaceDayCT
AJ Allmendinger is not bouncing back 03-08-2018
AJ Allmendinger
In his last 18 races (a rolling half season), AJ Allmendinger has earned only two top-10s and accumulated an average of 23.2. Both top-10s came on wild card tracks. We expected 'Dinger to struggle some when the JTG-Daugherty Racing operation expanded to two cars, but he should be contending for more top-15s. His pair of top-10s came on the road course of Watkins Glen International and the superspeedway of Daytona International Speedway with just one other top-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway last fall. Evaluate him only for the next few weeks.
Kennington may be most pleasant Phx surprise 03-08-2018
D.J. Kennington
DJ Kennington may be the most pleasant surprise this week at Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway and earn a result in the mid-20s. Kennington has two previous starts on this track, so he has some experience. Both came in the fall with a 35th in 2016, but last year he advanced from a 37th-place qualification effort to finish 26th.
A Phx top-20 is good for Austin Dillon 03-08-2018
Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon has garnered a lot of attention following his Daytona 500 win, but Fantasy NASCAR owners need to be prepared for him to finish in the teens at Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway. While Dillon has one top-10 in the past three years at Phoenix, his typical result is between 14th and 20th with four efforts landing in that range. His predictability makes him a slightly better value if he qualifies in the back half of the field because he will most likely earn place-differential points.
Phoenix was Earnhardt's best flat track 03-08-2018
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Last year, Jeffrey Earnhardt competed in all eight races on the short, flat tracks; The Can Am 500k was his best effort with a 29th-place finish. His average result was 35.3. He has a decent opportunity to better that this week with only 37 cars entered, but one would be hard-pressed to find a spot for him on the roster.
1 Phx top-5 in 8 years for Martin Truex Jr. 03-08-2018
Martin Truex
Before Fantasy NASCAR owners get overly excited about Martin Truex Jr.'s third-place finish in last fall's Can Am 500k, they should be aware it was his first top-five on this track in eight years. His most recent top-five before that came in fall 2009 and he has accumulated an average finish of 17.7 in the intervening races. Truex will probably manage to score a top-10 this week, but there are much better venues for him.