Joe Gibbs Racing has been scrambling to replace Jeffrey Earnhardt for all of his upcoming races that were scheduled with the iK9 sponsorship. Last week road ace Jack Hawksworth got the nod and nearly won the race.
This week, Erik Jones will be in the Xtreme Concepts/iK9 No. 81 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
However, next week we now know it will be Matt DiBenedetto getting a turn behind the wheel of the No. 18 Xfinity Series car at Road America. DiBenedetto shared the news on Twitter Tuesday.
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) August 13, 2019
DiBenedetto, although not a traditional road course ringer, Last fall he finished 13th at the Roval in the Cup Series. He then followed that finish up with a fourth at Sonoma earlier this season and a sixth-place effort at Watkins Glen a couple of weeks ago.
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