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Matt DiBenedetto

Team: GoFAS Racing-32
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 190

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Matt DiBenedetto went to Twitter to find some sponsors and ended up with support from NASCAR rivals Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and commentator Darrell Waltrip.
The GoFas No. 32 was going to be all white for the TicketGuardian 500k until these three NASCAR drivers, along with others, chipped in. Additionally, the tweet generated leads that might provide money later in the season. DiBenedetto will be driving with a grateful spirit, but he might give Hamlin and Harvick a little extra room on the track. Mar 8 - 4:31 PM

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After only two races in the 2018 Cup season, Go Fas Racing announced Tuesday it has mutually parted ways with crew chief Gene Nead.

In a statement, the team that owns the No. 32 Ford driven by Matt DiBenedetto said Randy Cox will take over crew chief duties. "Gene had an integral part in building an improved program at Go Fas Racing last season, our most competitive season yet, and we wish him all the best going forward," the statement said. Nead had been partnered with DiBenedetto since 2016 when he drove for BK Racing before joining GFR in 2017.
Feb 27 - 9:30 PM

In his second season with GoFas Racing, Matt DiBenedetto looks to pick up where he left off on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

DiBenedetto started the season with a pair of results in the high-20s, but ended with four top-25s in his last five attempts on this track type. His highlight was a 22nd at Kansas Speedway last October after starting 30th. That was also one of two times that he finished on the lead lap on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in 2017.
Feb 22 - 4:48 PM

In three years of competition, Matt DiBenedetto has proven to be a driver to watch on the rough-surfaced tracks of Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

Two of DiBenedetto’s five best results have come on the concrete high banks in Tennessee—including one of his three top-10s. That was a career-best of sixth in 2016. Darlington does not have the same kind of high-point, but his three-year average finish of 26.0 is third-best among active tracks and it makes him an interesting sleeper if he qualifies near the back of the pack and has a strong likelihood of adding place-differential points.
Jan 29 - 11:59 AM

Matt DiBenedetto earned his second top-10 of the season and his first on an unrestricted speedway. He was eighth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400, which is his career-best finish.

His only other career top-10 came in the season-opening Daytona 500 when he finished ninth. DiBenedetto has been a good value on a few occasions, but is too unpredictable to be fantasy relevant.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 10:05:00 PM

With a speed of 131.927 mph, Matt DiBenedetto qualified 17th for the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

DiBenedetto has been one of the top dark horses on a weekly basis and this bodes well for his odds Sunday. In salary cap games, he should be considered a top choice.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 06:37:00 PM

Matt DiBenedetto got off to a strong start on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year with a 28th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 26th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but his last two efforts fell into the 30s.

He has been close to the top 30 with a 31st at Texas Motor Speedway and 32nd at Kansas Speedway, but that is not enough to excite a player about his potential as a dark horse.
Fri, May 26, 2017 11:03:00 PM

Matt DiBenedetto has been hovering around the high-20s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year with results ranging from 26th through 31st in three starts.

His best effort came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 12 after starting 31st. DiBenedetto finished within two laps of the leader and needs to do a little better than that if he wants to be fantasy relevant in the 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Fri, May 12, 2017 05:56:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 10:52:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 01:16:00 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.
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 01:13:00 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.
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 05:47:00 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.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 12:44:00 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.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 07:54:00 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.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 12:37:00 PM