Matt Dibenedetto on track durng practice at Martinsville Speedway.
(Photo: Amy Henderson)

Off the Wall With: Matt DiBenedetto

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are…well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the race car. This week NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Matt DiBenedetto sets the record straight.

What’s fun besides racing?

Matt DiBenedetto: That is a good question because it is almost always racing involved. I like driving my Corvette street car around. I play racquetball and go to the gym.

What’s the top item on your bucket list?

DiBenedetto: It was always driving in Cup so I kind of got there I guess.

Your go-to on movie night is:

DiBenedetto: Probably Days of Thunder.

What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?

DiBenedetto: I get steak a lot.

Most memorable fan interaction?

DiBenedetto: It is hard to pick out just one. I had a good one at Kansas. There was a long line of people against the fence and not a lot of people were stopping to sign much for them. I went and signed the whole line of them. They were so appreciative of it. They told me to never change, we really appreciate you. There were a couple of kids there that it meant a lot too. Little things like that are really neat where the fans appreciate it so much.

What’s fun besides racing?What’s the top item on your bucket list?Your go-to on movie night:One item that’s always in your grocery bag?Most memorable fan interaction:
Cole WhittFishingVisiting Bora BoraGod’s Not DeadGround TurkeyGetting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano NothingWinning a Martinsville clockMiracleYogurtSigning an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron CappsWatching other racingGoing into spaceSomething with Will Ferrell in itA receiptVisiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey MearsPlaying with my kidsWinning another Sprint Cup raceGood Will HuntingEggsMeeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoriaFamily adventuresBungee jumpingSomething horror or sci fiVegetable juicesA fan who cried when she met me
Ryan NewmanAnything outdoorsNothing-enjoy life every day!TombstoneBreadAnytime a kid asks a question
David GillilandRiding 4-wheelersDeep-sea fishing in AlaskaDays of ThunderBananasGetting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack BeckmanSurfingSkydivingAny movie, especially action or sci-fiBananasHanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling
Brad KeselowskiPersonal growthWinning another Cup titleForrest GumpFlowers for my girlfriendAll of them-it’s not fair to rate them!
Spencer MasseyTraveling and drivingWinning an NHRA Mello Yello titleCaddyshackFrozen pizzasTheir reaction to Gatornationals win
Brendan GaughanKidsSCUBA diving in the GalapagosBlazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess BrideToilet paperToo many to choose from
J.R. ToddHanging with high school buddiesWinning an NHRA championshipGet HardWaterThere’s one oddball at every race…
Landon CassillAnything outsideVisiting EuropeGame of Thrones on NetflixAvocadosA little girl named Riley
Del WorshamBoatingNothing; done it allA dramaMilkSharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them
Austin DillonPlaying soccerFlying an F-16 fighter jetTop GunCoca-ColaSigning a baby
Richard ChildressSomething outdoorsWinning another Cup championshipSomething with Clint EastwoodChildress Vineyards wineA lot of them!
Morgan ShepherdRoller skatingGetting the No. 89 in some more racesDoesn’t watch moviesBroccoli and carrotsA girl who wanted her underwear signed
Matt DiBenedettoDriving my Corvette and playing raquetballRacing in the Sprint Cup SeriesDays of ThunderSteakWhenever people appreciate you

 

 

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About Mike Neff

Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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