DiBenedetto made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in 2009 at the Memphis Motorsports Park and drove the No. 09/17/2020 Comments Off on NASCAR Matt DiBenedetto Faces Must-Win Scenario with Contract Renewal Deadline in the Background. Get the latest race results, news, videos, pictures, win record and more for Matt DiBenedetto on ESPN.com. In 2015, DiBenedetto married his childhood friend Taylor Carswell. , On August 15, 2019, DiBenedetto announced via Twitter that Leavine Family Racing had informed him that he would be dropped from the team following the 2019 season. 32 for 2018. Matthew Guido DiBenedetto (born July 27, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver.  In the race, DiBenedetto pitted off sequence, completing his stops before the two stages and again with 25 laps remaining to score a fourth-place finish. 40.  Two days later he announced that he would drive a single-car effort for Go Fas Racing in 2017. … Byron finished second in the first stage, followed by Ty Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Buescher to complete the top five. The final All-Star starting spot goes to Clint Bowyer, who was the top eligible vote-getter in fan balloting, which closed Tuesday. My gosh, we had big damage there at the start. 95 to honor Darrell Waltrip at Sonoma", "Career-best Cup Series finish for a grateful DiBenedetto", "Matt DiBenedetto finishes second — 'I'm not done yet, "Paul Menard to retire after 2019 season; Matt DiBenedetto to drive No. But I’m so appreciative of this team, I want this 100th win for Woods so bad.” Matt DiBenedetto insisted that the car is a lot of fun to drive and he had a shot to win. Almirola won the first stage of Wednesday night’s All-Star Open, advancing him to the All-Star Race. 21 Ford Mustang for Wood Brothers Racing. Subscribe now to get full access to the new sports page. Bianchi: Matt DiBenedetto earns more underdog cred but would rather earn a win. In Stage 2, Byron was followed to the start-finish line by DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Bowyer and rookie Christopher Bell in order. Wins: 0: Average Start: 26.5: Top 5 Finishes: 6: Total Laps Led: 265: Top 10 Finishes: 21: Total Laps: 56,963: Top 20 Finishes: 66 % of Laps: 94.53%: Poles: 0 : DNF's: 29 : Matt DiBenedetto . Dibenedetto later looked back at the start-and-park time as valuable for the seat time it gave him, which paid off later in his career.. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Darrell Waltrip began to donate money to fund a sponsor, and the team later received Zynga Poker sponsorship. After the campaign, DiBenedetto remained an active member of the community, interacting with its users in the NASCAR subreddit on a regular basis. His father, Tony, who raced an Opel Manta in SCCA and IMSA in the late 1970s and early 1980s, noticed he preferred watching automobile racing on television over baseball. Portraits of a champion: 2020 NASCAR title winners with their trophies, Drivers under 30 to win a NASCAR Cup Series championship, @nascarcasm: Fake texts to Phoenix winner Chase Elliott, Chase Elliott joins racing royalty with 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship. DiBenedetto led all of the final 15-lap stage in the Wood Brothers Racing No. His first race of 2010 came at Nashville Speedway. 83 Dustless Blasting and No. That’s battling back. 83 for the race. At Martinsville Speedway during a practice session, DiBenedetto was involved in an incident with three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. 24 Chevrolet. DiBenedetto took the lead mid-way in the race and led a race-high 49 laps before being collected in the Big One with less than 15 laps to go. “I was hanging on for dear life,” DiBenedetto told FS1. The incident occurred when DiBenedetto tried to merge on the track behind Carl Edwards and the gap closed ahead of him. Byron beat DiBenedetto by just over two seconds. Home | Drivers | Owners | Tracks | Cup | Xfinity | Trucks | ARCA | Modifieds | IndyCar | F1 | WSCC | Fantasy | Random: Links for this driver: Comments (786) Video Links (0) Contact Info (1) Series: Year: Action: Matt DiBenedetto Born: July 27, 1991 Home: Grass Valley, CA Glossary Tweet: NASCAR Cup Series Statistics. NASCAR® and its marks are trademarks of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC. After being forced out of K&N Pro Series East team X Team Racing due to lack of sponsorship, DiBenedetto then joined The Motorsports Group midway through 2012 and ran as a start and park driver for seven races finishing 79th in points. DiBenedetto had a solid car and ran well all night. Fans were booing as Denny Hamlin celebrated on the frontstretch Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway with a feeling of uncertainty hanging in the air. 21 Ford. He was originally intended to drive the No. DiBenedetto would go on to earn a career-best second-place finish. 95 Toyota", "Matt DiBenedetto is NASCAR heartbreak story of 2019 Daytona 500", "Leavine Family Racing's No. Matt DiBenedetto led all 15 laps to win the final stage of the All-Star Open and clinch a spot in the All-Star Race. Bianchi: Matt DiBenedetto earns more underdog cred but would rather earn a win. In 2016, he made his return in the Xfinity Series driving the No. 32, finishing 8th. , In his first race with Leavine Family Racing, DiBenedetto nearly pulled off the victory at the 2019 Daytona 500.  At the time of the announcement, DiBenedetto stood 23rd in the standings.  At Daytona, DiBenedetto crashed with Chris Buescher on lap 92 in what Buescher called the "hardest hit of his career", though the two were not injured. On September 7, 2018, DiBenedetto announced that he will not be returning to Go Fas Racing in 2019.  DiBenedetto's father knew that another player on his son's little league team was competing in mini kart racing so he bought him a used kart which a young DiBenedetto drove to his first victory. I was right on (the) ragged edge. Eventually scoring a 10th-place finish. * – Most laps led.  For the second race he joined the Motorsports Group, where he start-and-parked the No. Just thankful to the team for battling back. By Jordan Bianchi Oct 5, 2020 14 . Matt DiBenedetto prevailed in the NASCAR All-Star Open on Wednesday night, joining stage winners Aric Almirola and William Byron in clinching starting spots in the All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The top five was completed by Austin Dillon, Bowyer and Christopher Bell. 21 Ford full-time for the 2020 season, following Paul Menard's announcement that he will retire from full-time racing after the 2019 season. DiBenedetto first showed an interest in auto racing after receiving his little league trophy around age 8. “We were so loose on entry. All three drivers sealed berths in the NASCAR All-Star Race (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). DiBenedetto was born in Nevada City, California but raised in Grass Valley, California to parents Sandy and Tony DiBenedetto. His next race came at Road America. There, he caught the attention of Joe Gibbs Racing, and later ran in the NASCAR Camping World East Series for them.. DiBenedetto finished a career high 21st in points. Already have the app? All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.Copyright © 2020 NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. For the second time in a month, DiBenedetto will face possible championship elimination. "I got completely out of his way, but that wasn't enough. All Cup Series Wins In 2017: Kyle Larson - Duration: 6:28. Must read content, player grades, stuff you can't get anywhere else.  In 2007, DiBenedetto's family sold all their equipment due to financial stress, from then on starting in 2008 Dibenedetto drove for Fat Head Racing Driver Development Program in the UARA-Stars as a teammate to Darrell Wallace, Jr., Brennan Poole, and FHR team owner Jamie Yelton. Matt DiBenedetto to run for Woods in 2021 before Austin Cindric takes over.  He led the most laps and was in second position, when he spun off the track on the final lap at the final corner of the race.  The deal, which was a one-year contract with a possible extension, came after LFR failed to extend Kasey Kahne and after a deal with Daniel Hemric fell through to drive the No. 0:31. RELATED: Race results | Stage 1 results | Stage 2 results | All-Star Race starting lineup. 83 in the Daytona 500, DiBenedetto failed to qualify in his first two attempts at Atlanta and Las Vegas before finally qualifying for his Sprint Cup debut at Phoenix. What a joke he is.”, Bubba Wallace on the radio after that accident: "What the hell is that all about? Matt DiBenedetto has been here before. DiBenedetto joined William Byron and Aric Almirola in advancing through stage wins. I was hanging on for dear life,” DiBenedetto said.  Go Fas is one of the charter teams and as a result, DiBenedetto would make every race in the No. Before the spring ISM race, DiBenedetto reached out on Twitter that his team has no sponsors for that race and needed a last-minute sponsor. Matt DiBenedetto led all 15 laps to win the final stage of the All-Star Open and clinch a spot in the All-Star Race. In 2013, DiBenedetto joined Vision Racing to drive the No. 49 to promote the video game NASCAR Heat Evolution's price change to $49.99.. 83 during the year with Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter. The first stage was marked by an incident between pole-starter Michael McDowell and Bubba Wallace, contact that ended Wallace’s day in last place after heavy damage to the No. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. The finish of the NASCAR Cup Series race was under review, and for a fleeting moment, it appeared that hard-luck Matt DiBenedetto had finally earned his first win. 46 Chevrolet for 12 races and raced the rest with the No. “Just disrespect when you get hooked into the wall,” Wallace told FS1.