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DiBenedetto to Sit Out Texas Race With Possible Concussion, Earnhardt to Fill in

By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor

FORT WORTH, Texas — After a crash on lap 130 of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto has been placed in concussion protocol.

As a result, DiBenedetto will sit out Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, while he recovers from injuries sustained Saturday.

BK Racing has announced via Twitter, that Jeffrey Earnhardt, who drove for the team a few weeks ago at Talladega, will be behind the wheel of the No. 83 ZAK Toyota Camry on Sunday.

The car has a special paint scheme honoring the Police officers who were killed in the sniper attack in Dallas earlier this year.

There is no official word yet on how long DiBenedetto will be sidelined.

DiBenedetto has had a roller coaster season. He shocked the world by making his way into the Daytona 500, then a few months later he recorded an impressive sixth place finish at Bristol.

Since that day though, DiBenedetto has only scored one top-20 finish.

Earnhardt will have a shot to improve on his career-best finish of 26th, which came last month in Charlotte.

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Toby Christie is a contributing writer for Motorsports Tribune. He has been watching stock cars turn left since 1993, and has covered NASCAR as an accredited media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, sub-par guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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