The 2021 season marks the seventh year of competition in the NASCAR Cup Series for driver Matt DiBenedetto and his second year competing for the longest-running Cup Series team, Wood Brothers Racing and driving the iconic No. 21 Ford Mustang. In 2015, Wood Brothers Racing formed a technical alliance with Team Penske and the partnership continues in 2020 with DiBenedetto at the helm of the No. 21 Ford while the team pursues its 100th Cup Series win.
DiBenedetto has raced for several Cup Series teams over the last six seasons and he has produced 22 top-10 finishes and six top-five results in his Cup Series career. DiBenedetto matched his top career Cup Series finish of second place in 2020 at both races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
A native of Grass Valley, Calif. , DiBenedetto began racing mini karts at a young age after his father, former IMSA driver Tony DiBenedetto, noticed his son’s interest in motorsports. The DiBenedetto’s moved to North Carolina by the time Matt was 13 and he continued to race as much as he could. Competing in tough and aggressive races at tracks such as Hickory Motor Speedway paved the way for DiBenedetto to run seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) races in 2009 and he also made his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut that season at Memphis. Over three years of NKNPSE competition, DiBenedetto compiled three wins, 11 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. DiBenedetto continued to earn more opportunities, producing solid results in NXS, NKNPSE, and ARCA Menards Series competition between 2009 and 2014. He made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2015 racing the No. 83 car for BK Racing.
DiBenedetto Key Accomplishments:
Finished second in both Las Vegas races in 2020
Half of his career Top-5s & Top-10s have been with the Wood Brothers
Led 91 laps in 2020
Posted best career Cup Series finish of second place at Bristol in 2019 & twice at Las Vegas in 2020
Has started 146 straight races
BOB TASCA III
Bob Tasca’s grandfather helped launch Ford’s successful return to professional drag racing in the 1960s and now he is carrying on his family’s racing tradition as the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car. Before joining the Funny Car nitro ranks, Bob won two national events and two divisional races, and set a new world record with the quickest pass ever in Alcohol Funny Car at 5.451 seconds at 263 miles per hour. After a successful Funny Car rookie debut in 2008, he earned two NHRA “Wallys” in only his second year of competition. In 2013, Bob became the first Ford driver to ever make a three-second run with a 3.988 pass, forging a new top speed of 316.97.
Career NHRA Funny Car Wins: 8
Career NHRA Final Rounds: 24
Career Best E.T. (1,000-foot): 3.855 (St. Louis 2019)
Career Best Speed: 335.32 mph (Reading 2019)
Powered to four semifinal round finishes in 2020
Picked up a No. 1 qualifier in Indianapolis in 2020
Debuted first new Mustang Funny Car in a decade with Ford in 2019, earning back-to-back wins at Bristol & Norwalk
Scored his first NHRA premier series victory in 2009 at the Gatornationals.
Made his NHRA Funny Car debut in 2008.
Holds four drag racing licenses: Super Comp, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol & Funny Car.