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Matt DiBenedetto

Team: GoFAS Racing-32
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 190

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Matt DiBenedetto had two strong runs on short tracks last year, which makes him worthy of some consideration entering the STP 500.
Both of his lead lap finishes came on the high-banked bullring of Bristol Motor Speedway, but that is still relevant because drivers are constantly in traffic on both courses. If a player has to commit early, however, he also had three 30-something results last year include a 32nd at Martinsville in the fall. Mar 30 - 10:52 PM

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Matt DiBenedetto was one of the most pleasant surprises at Auto Club Speedway last year. He finished 27th after starting 33rd and was running on the lead lap.

Unfortunately, he was not as productive on the other two-mile track. DiBenedetto went to Michigan International Speedway and finished in the low- to mid-30s in his next two efforts and was at least five laps off the pace each time.
Mar 23 - 1:16 AM

Matt DiBenedetto has never lost place-differential points at Phoenix International Raceway.

DiBenedetto has finished better than he started in three of four races at Phoenix and he finished exactly where he started once. His best advancement came in his last outing: After qualifying 32nd last fall, he added seven place-differential points to a 25th-place result.
Mar 16 - 1:13 AM

Based on his last three efforts, Matt DiBenedetto should finish in the mid-20s at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Kobalt 400.

DiBenedetto finished 25th and 24th in his last two starts on this track type last year at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway respectively. He was 28th last week at Atlanta, and that consistency will continue unless something unfortunate happens.
Mar 7 - 5:47 PM

Matt DiBenedetto finished 29th in last year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and hopes he will do better in his new ride.

There is some reason to be hopeful. At the end of last year, DiBenedetto finished 25th and 24th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway with BK Racing. The two teams are likely to be similar in terms of their level of funding and development, so the driver should be able to make a difference and contend for a solid result in the mid-20s—if all goes well.
Mar 3 - 12:44 PM

For only the second time in his career, Matt DiBenedetto earned a top-10 finish with his ninth in the 2017 Daytona 500.

DiBenedetto’s first top-10 came last spring in the No. 83 BK Racing entry at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, these are his only top-15s in 70 career attempts, but he is racing with a new team that excels in plate races. Keep an eye on him in the next several races, but fantasy owners will want to wait until the series hits the short tracks before they consider starting him.
Feb 26 - 7:54 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has made three previous starts at Daytona International Speedway and his best result came in his first attempt; he was 26th in the 2015 Coke Zero 400.

That is also the only time DiBenedetto finished on the lead lap on this course. He has not been much better at Talladega SuperSpeedway with only one result better than 25th and that too came in his first start on that track. DiBenedetto is trending down and should be avoided on plate tracks.
Feb 19 - 12:37 PM

Go Fas Racing announced that Gene Nead will assume crew chief duties for the No. 32 Ford Fusion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the 2017 season.

Nead, a veteran crew chief, brings to GFR more than 20 years of crew chief experience in NASCAR's top-three series' and has accumulated 9 wins, 66 top-five finishes, and 11 poles. Last year, he served as crew chief of the No. 83 at BK Racing, where he worked with Matt DiBenedetto, and together they earned their best ever finish of sixth place at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Source: MRN
Jan 20 - 5:28 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has made four starts at Bristol Motor Speedway in his career, has one top-10, and recorded his best average finish there.

With an average of 19.25 in four starts, DiBenedetto might seem to be of limited use. Take another look, however, and one will see that he has finished better than he started in every race and completed all of the laps on this bullring last year. Go Fas Racing wants to concentrate on one driver next year and they could be a solid value on a few occasions if they remain patient with the third-year racer.
Jan 5 - 12:04 PM

Go Fas Racing (GFR) is pleased to announce that Matt DiBenedetto will pilot the No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford for all 36 scheduled events in NASCAR's Premier Series during the 2017 season.

DiBenedetto comes to GFR after completing two full seasons in NASCAR's Premier Series where he tallied 68 starts and a season-best finish of sixth place at Bristol Motor Speedway in Spring of 2016. Go Fas Racing is looking forward to the opportunity to focus on having one driver in the seat for all 36 scheduled races since its inception into the series in 2014.-GFR
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 08:37:00 PM

Matt DiBenedetto will not race for BK Racing in 2017, according to a statement by the team on their Facebook page.

"Our 33rd and 34th place finishes this year did not produce the results we were hoping to achieve," Devine said. "I am, however, very proud of Matt DiBenedetto and his many accomplishments over the past two years. I am confident that Matt will go on to be a very successful NASCAR driver, and I believe it is the right time to release him so that he can pursue other opportunities." No replacement has been named. DiBenedetto’s departure comes on the heels of an announcement that David Ragan will not return to their other car.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 02:02:00 PM

In terms of Matt DiBenedetto’s Homestead career, there is only one number that must be remembered: 37.

DiBenedetto qualified 37th and finished 37th last year in his only start. He was four laps off the pace and a non-factor for a top-30. This week, he will need to qualify on time in a third BK Racing entry.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:40:00 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has been cleared to race this week at Phoenix International Raceway.

DiBenedetto has recorded a few strong runs on drivers’ tracks, so he should be watched in practice and qualification. Last week he was forced to sit out the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway because of NASCAR’s concussion protocol. "I am completely fine but I appreciate everyone looking out for my safety," he said via Twitter.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 09:21:00 PM

BK Racing's Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Toyota, will not compete in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after entering concussion protocol, according to the team. Jeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the car in his absence.

DiBenedetto was not cleared by physicians to race, the team announced in a statement, following a wreck in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race. DiBenedetto smacked the wall in a solo incident after completing 129 of 200 laps in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. He was treated and released from the infield care center and finished 36th.
Source: NASCAR.com
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 12:17:00 AM

Matt DiBenedetto has finished on the lead lap only once in 17 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

The encouraging fact is that his lead lap finish came in his most recent attempt in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. He finished 24th after starting 27th. One week previous he finishe3d 25th after starting 24th at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but was five laps off the pace. If he qualifies in the mid-20s at Texas Motor Speedway, he could be a solid sleeper.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 07:56:00 PM