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Handy: Matt DiBenedetto & Go Fas Racing Most Improved Team in 2017


NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto and his No. 32 Go Fas Racing team have proved throughout 2017 that they are the little team that could.

In just their first full-time season together DiBenedetto and Go Fas Racing improved the teams average starting position from 37th to 28th and their average finish from 34th to 26th.

Go Fas Racing is a single car team with limited resources who are known for doing things the old school way.

The team started off the season with a 9th place finish in the season-opener Daytona 500 which at the time was DiBenedetto’s second career top 10.

The driver known as DiBurrito would then go on to earn the teams second top-10 of the year in the Brickyard 400. Despite qualifying towards the back of the field, DiBenedetto avoided some late race incidents including 14 cautions to bring home an 8th place finish.

It was announced in August that DiBenedetto would return to Go Fas Racing for the 2018 season. It only seems fitting as DiBenedetto has statistically been the best driver for the team since the teams founding in 2011.

At the time of the contract extension the 26-year old expressed how happy he was to return to the team for another season.

DiBenedetto stated, “Being involved in this family operation has been so much fun and we get a lot of pride out of improving their program together. Everything that they said they were going to do to our program, they did. It’s great to work with people who say they want to improve and do just that. Working with Gene for another season, and especially over the offseason, will allow us to rebuild some of our cars, get ahead on the 2018 season, and really make the most out of our team.”

The contract extension not only gave piece of mind to DiBenedetto as far as a full-time ride in the MENCS is concerned, but it leaves the team together to be able to improve even upon the success they’ve seen this season.

DiBenedetto and the No. 32 team finished the season with a 30th place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Go FAS took to their Twitter account after the race to thank their fans and sponsors.

With a team who has improved as much as Go Fas Racing has in 2017 it shows that the sky is the limit for 2018 and beyond.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, 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 each year.

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