DiBenedetto talks 2017 start

By Dominic Aragon
March 25, 2017

Four races into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Matt DiBenedetto is off to the best start of his career in terms of average finish and points position at this point in the season.

DiBenedetto and Go Fas Racing opened the season with a ninth-place finish in the Daytona 500, his second career top-ten finish and the team’s first since its inception. The No. 32 team followed up Daytona with a 28th finish at Atlanta, a 26th at Las Vegas and 29th at Phoenix.

With an average finish of 23rd, DiBenedetto is 27th in driver’s standings, the highest he has ranked in points after four races, 37 points behind the Chase cutline.

This is the first season Go Fas Racing has had one driver behind-the-wheel in each of the first four races of the season.

“I feel like we’re barely getting on our feet and we’re already showing some speed, having some solid runs, making huge strides compared to where the team was last year,” he said.

DiBenedetto said the team has 15 employees, including crew chief Gene Nead who worked with DiBenedetto at BK Racing in 2015 and 2016. DiBenedetto also credited the team’s staff has made the difference in the team’s start to 2017.

“We always get the most out of what we’ve got, and that’s all that matters,” he said.

“The budget isn’t much different, we have some good sponsors … but we’re still on a small budget.”

DiBenedetto will start the Auto Club 400 Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in 38th. SOURCES: Racing-Reference.info IMAGES: NASCAR Media Group Daniel Courson/The Racing Experts

How many more top-ten finishes will Matt DiBenedetto score this season?
3 or more