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DiBenedetto hopes to ‘continue to overachieve’ in last races of 2018

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With four races left in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Matt DiBenedetto is one of many drivers in NASCAR’s premier series who will compete for another team in 2019.

Throughout the first 32 races this season, DiBenedetto has an average finish of 26.6 and sits 30th in the championship standings — both career bests if he can hold on for four more races.

“I think it’s been pretty neat to have a lot of top-20 finishes this year,” DiBenedetto said. “…I’m pretty proud of what we’ve just built together as a team as a whole.”

DiBenedetto was the first driver to compete in every race for Go Fas Racing when he raced in all 36 points-awarding races last year for the team.

In his two seasons with GFR, DiBenedetto has recorded three top-10 finishes in the No. 32 Ford, posting a career high seventh-place finish for both he and his team this July at Daytona.

“We’re a small budget team but we continue to just overachieve every week,” he said. “None of that’s any different the last few races, continue to overachieve and run as good as we can, finish the season strong, it’s been a heck of a relationship that we’ve all built together.”

DiBenedetto, who will race for Leavine Family Racing next year, said what he will remember most about working with his team in 2018 are the people involved with the single-car Cup Series organization.

“Whether people know it or not, we run on a very small budget and we make absolutely the most immense amount of it, so that’s really satisfying to do it together,” he said.

The next stop for the Cup Series is this Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

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