DiBenedetto out of Cup race be­cause of con­cus­sion pro­to­col

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

FORT WORTH, TEXAS >> Matt DiBenedetto was held out of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Texas be­cause of NASCAR’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

While DiBenedetto said he felt fine, doc­tors didn’t clear him to drive in the AAA Texas 500 a day after be­ing in­volved in a hard crash dur­ing the Xfin­ity Se­ries race at the track.

DiBenedetto said he would be in Char­lotte, North Carolina, on Mon­day morn­ing to get checked by doc­tors. He ex­pects to drive in next week’s race at Phoenix.

“They have a pro­to­col, things that are set in place that I have to fol­low, whether I like it or not,” he said. “Just make sure ev­ery­thing is all good, which ob­vi­ously I’m in my body ... I feel per­fect, so it should be all fine.”

Jef­frey Earn­hardt took over driv­ing the No. 83 Toy­ota that fea­tured a paint pat­tern re­mem­ber­ing the Dal­las po­lice of­fi­cers who lost their lives in the line of duty last sum­mer.

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