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MENCS: Matt DiBenedetto Has a Solid Day at Charlotte

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Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was what many drivers and teams consider a home race as many drivers reside in the area and most teams are based out of North Carolina.

Go FAS Racing which is based out of Mooresville, NC and their driver Matt DiBenedetto brought the No. 32 EJ. Wade Construction Ford home with a solid 23rd place finish on Sunday afternoon.

DiBenedetto who had four straight finishes of 31st heading into Charlotte had a very consistent day on the race track and on pit road. The team earned their 8th top-25 finish of the season thus far.

Before you think another top 25 finish? This team has made major improvements this season and remember they’re only a single car team with limited resources.

It’s important to note that DiBenedetto finished ahead of drivers such as Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman, so let that sink in for a minute.

The weather was very humid in Charlotte and it affected a lot of drivers yesterday, DiBenedetto being one of them. The driver of the No. 32 tweeted a photo of himself after the race in the infield care center.

 

DiBenedetto would go on to give credit to his team after the race. “My pit crew was absolutely awesome today. We literally gained a straightaway on cars we were racing on our green flag stop. My team did a great job adjusting on the car. We made HUGE changes and took the car from bad to good and we had a nice lead lap finish, DiBenedetto said.”

The MENCS heads to Talladega Super Speedway this weekend where anything can happen and any team big or small can find their way to victory lane. Talladega is a very challenging track with nerve-wracking four-wide racing but it’s also a fantastic opportunity for the No. 32 to finish in the top-10 or pull off a win. A win would mark the first for Go FAS Racing and would give DiBenedetto who’s a fan favorite his first MENCS win.

DiBenedetto and the No. 32 team have had some good luck this season on the plate tracks. Their best finish was in February’s Daytona 500 where the team would start in the 25th position and finish 9th. DiBenedetto would go on to finish 18th in the April race at Talladega and 13th in the July race at Daytona. All those finishes aren’t bad stats on a plate track resume for a single car team.

Tune into Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway which is slated for 2pm EST on NBC to see DiBendetto and his No. 32 Go FAS Racing team race their way to the front of the pack.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @sahsports4883. A college student studying in the Legal field, and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends the September race each year.

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