Matt DiBenedetto drives No. 21 Ford Mustang to seventh-place finish at Michigan International Speedway

Matt DiBenedetto finished seventh in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

The top-10 finish for DiBenedetto, his sixth of the year, added 37 points to his season total. He ranks 13th in the NASCAR Cup Series with 568 total points.

DiBenedetto started in sixth position. The sixth-year driver has picked up five top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in his career.

Sunday’s race was DiBenedetto’s 11th career start at Michigan International Speedway.

The Grass Valley, California native’s starting and finishing positions compared favorably to his career averages, starting 21 spots higher than his career mark of 26.6 and completing the race 18 places ahead of his 24.9 career average finish.

DiBenedetto battled against 39 other drivers on the way to his seventh-place finish. The race endured five cautions and 24 caution laps. There were 10 lead changes.

Kevin Harvick earned the victory in the race, and Denny Hamlin took second. Martin Truex Jr crossed the finish line third, Kyle Busch brought home fourth, and Joey Logano finished off the top five.

After Clint Bowyer won Stage 1, Harvick grabbed control and won Stage 2 before taking the checkered flag.

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