Matt DiBenedetto will remain in NASCAR’s premier series in 2017, albeit with a different team.
After announcing earlier this month that he was departing BK Racing, DiBenedetto revealed Thursday (Dec. 15) that he will pilot Go FAS Racing’s No. 32 in the series full-time in 2017, according to a team release.
“I am very excited to join Go Fas Racing for the 2017 season,” DiBenedetto said in a release. “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.”
Added team owner Archie St. Hilaire: “Mason [St. Hilaire, general manager] and I couldn’t be happier to have Matt joining us here here at GFR. This will be our first season in the premier series with one driver running the complete season for us. We believe Matt’s driving ability and a fleet of newer race equipment purchased this off season will elevate our program to new levels in 2017.”
DiBenedetto joins a team that has fielded multiple drivers since its inception as a combined entity of Go Green Racing and FAS Lane Racing beginning in 2014. Jeffrey Earnhardt competed in the majority of races — 19 in all — for the team in 2016, with Joey Gase, Bobby Labonte and more also taking the wheel. This will mark the team’s first with one full-time driver, should all go according to plan.
DiBenedetto moves over from BK Racing, where he drove the No. 83 in the majority of events in 2016, plus a few races in the No. 93. He concluded the season 35th in points after missing a race, managing one top 10 — a career-best sixth-place run at Bristol Motor Speedway in April.