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17th of August 2017

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Matt DiBenedetto just happy to have a job in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Matt DiBenedetto may be a small fish in a big NASCAR pond, but don’t underestimate his ability to swim against the current.

DiBenedetto is driving this year for Go Fas Racing, a minnow-sized Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team compared with giant outfits such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske.

Despite his team's many fewer employees and dollars to spend, DiBenedetto hasn’t let off the gas, earning a couple top-10 finishers on the way to his current 31st spot in Cup standings heading into Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

At MIS Saturday, Go Fas Racing announced that DiBenedetto, who is from Grass Valley, California, will again be at the wheel of the No. 32 Can-Am Ford Fusion in 2018. “We are going to continue with our current sponsors and partners," Go Fas Racing general manager Mason St. Hilaire told reporters. “We are building a solid foundation. We feel we’ve got a really good group of guys, both in the road and back at the shop. They work their butts off and it really shows when you’ve got a driver and crew chief and an organization that wants to be better and wants to build.”

Which made DiBenedetto feel a whole lot better on Saturday.

“I thought you were bringing me here (MIS media center) to fire me,” said DiBenedetto looking over to St. Hilaire. “That’s good news for me. I have a job.”

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DiBenedetto has made much of his own luck in racing, scratching hard in Late Model racing before landing a ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2009.

In 2015, DiBenedetto moved to Cup with BK Racing and after wrecks, a concussion and periods of frustration joined single-car Go Fas Racing this season.

In July, DiBenedetto managed to avoid a late-race wreck in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to finish eighth.

“I think as a team we just keep growing and keep on exceeding our expectations for being a small-budgeted team,” said DiBenedetto, who will start 27th in the Cup race on Sunday. “So, it’s been very good and very pleasing.”

DiBenedetto didn’t come from a racing family like so many Cup drivers.

“The short version is that I’m a first-generation guy,” explained DiBenedetto. “Nobody in my family knew a thing about race cars -- nothing. My dad was big into baseball. When I was 5 years old, he was flipping through the TV channels, and this is literally how it happened. He passed by NASCAR and I made him go back to it, and he’s like, ‘What the hell do you want to watch that for?’"

By Mike Brudenell

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