NASCAR Cup: Matt DiBenedetto to GoFAS Racing in 2017
Matt DiBenedetto (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
According to a report from Dave Moody, host of the SiriusXM Speedway show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, on Thursday, several trusted sources have confirmed that Matt DiBenedetto will be the driver of the No. 32 GoFAS Racing Ford in NASCAR’s premier series in 2017. Soon after the report, GoFAS Racing and DiBenedetto confirmed the hiring.
“I am very excited to join Go FAS Racing for the 2017 season,” DiBenedetto said. “We have a great group of people that I am very excited to work with this season. I am thankful for the opportunity, and I look forward to representing the team and sponsors to the best of my ability.”
The report also included a shuffling of charters. The charter under which GoFAS Racing fielded the No. 32 in 2016 has been transferred to the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford team through one-year lease. Meanwhile, GoFAS has leased the charter previously used by Richard Petty Motorsports for its No. 44 Ford team. The status of the No. 44 team for 2017 is unknown, as the team’s 2016 driver, Brian Scott, retired at the end of the season.
GoFAS Racing finished 38th in the owner points standings in 2016 with several drivers piloting its No. 32 car, including Jeffrey Earnhardt, Joey Gase and Bobby Labonte, while the No. 44 Richard Petty Motorsports team finished 33rd in the standings, making the charter formerly held by RPM’s No. 44 team more valuable than the charter GoFAS Racing leased to Wood Brothers Racing, garnering a bigger share of race purse money.
DiBenedetto recently announced his departure from BK Racing, where he drove the No. 83 Toyota last season. He has raced in NASCAR’s Cup Series, full-time, for the last two seasons, both with BK Racing. He has 68-career starts with one-career top-10 finish — a sixth-place finish at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway in 2016.