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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 has improved in each race this season on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.
DiBenedetto finished 31st at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 22nd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and 16th at Texas Motor Speedway. That last result came after heavy attrition and he was five laps off the pace, however, so expect another result somewhere in the 20s, May 10 - 1:00 PM

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Matt DiBenedetto has three top-30 finishes in the first six races of 2018, but he has slipped during the past two weeks.

DiBenedetto finished 31st at Auto Club Speedway and 32nd at Martinsville Speedway. He was also 31st at Atlanta Motor Speedway to define his three worst finishes of the year, so a pattern is not developing just yet. Each of his poor finishes and strong results are on a different track type. That makes him a risky proposition for fantasy players.
Mar 29 - 10:44 AM

In his last nine races on short, flat tracks, Matt DiBenedetto finished between 25th and 31st seven times.

DiBenedetto failed to finish in that narrow range of 25th to 31st only twice last year. Unfortunately for this week’s STP 500 handicap, both of those poor results came at Martinsville Speedway.
Mar 22 - 10:15 AM

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

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