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Matt DiBenedetto Confident in Move to Go FAS Racing

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Matt DiBenedetto has quietly become a veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Well, in a matter of speaking. Driving the past two seasons for BK Racing – the Toyota backmarker with whom he placed a best of sixth in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway – the 25-year-old enters 2017 with new colors in …

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Matt DiBenedetto Signs with Go FAS Racing for 2017

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 …

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David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto Leaving BK Racing

Two more NASCAR premier series seats have opened up for 2017. Neither David Ragan nor Matt DiBenedetto will return to BK Racing in 2017 after driving for the organization full-time in 2016, it was reported this week. Motorsport.com initially reported the news Friday (Dec. 9) of Ragan’s departure, while DiBenedetto announced he would no longer be …

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The Underdog House: Putting A Wrap On 2016

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small It’s hard to believe the 2016 season is over—it seems like just yesterday that it began, full of promise and hope.  For some of the teams on this page, it’s been, by all counts, a good season—one of accomplishment and improvement.  For others it’s been a struggle, financial or performance, often both as …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Steals Victory From the Jaws of Defeat at Phoenix

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – In the final elimination race of the season, Joey Logano looked like he was about to slip out of contention for a transfer position. Fortunately for him, a caution flag flew, which bunched the field up and afforded him a final shot to reclaim a spot in the final four. …

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NASCAR Penalizes Nearly Two Dozen Teams in Texas

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the weekly penalty report stemming from Texas.  Compared to recent weeks, this one was quite the doozy. In the Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford that finished second Sunday night was found to have one loose lugnut.  As a result, the No. 22 has been hit with a P2 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Importance of Matt DiBenedetto Missing Texas

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

A false diagnosis in any health situation is eerie. The seriousness of a patient being given a false diagnosis could be a life or death situation, forcing a person to undergo medical treatments that aren’t necessary. When this occurs in the sports realm, it sparks major debates. This time, it is BK Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto, who …

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The Underdog House: A Texas Curveball

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, with its shift from day to night after an hours-long rain delay, did do one thing well: it showed a clear disparity between the elite teams and those striving to reach that mark one day. The intermediate tracks are plentiful on the Cup schedule …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Decent Despite Dearth of Texas Racing

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All three of NASCAR’s national series visited Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, with two races run under the lights, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except only one — the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday — was actually planned to be. But rain threatened the running of the AAA Texas 500 in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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