MENCS Season Previews

MENCS 2018 Season Preview: Matt DiBenedetto & Go Fas Racing

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Go Fas Racing is set to begin another season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A team that has seen its fair share of different drivers since its founding in 2011. With the likes of Jeffrey Earnhardt, Josh Wise, and Bobby and Terry Labonte all having seat time behind the wheel.

The team never lacked motivation, but what they didn’t have was the much-needed consistency each week with one full-time driver.

That was until the team hired Matt DiBenedetto prior to the 2017 season after his departure from BK Racing. This teaming up has proved to be exactly what the team so desperately needed. DiBenedetto has statistically been Go Fas Racing’s best driver to get behind the wheel for the team.

In just their first full-time season together DiBenedetto and his No. 32 Ford team proved they were the team that could. That same team is back and their looking to improve upon what was a very successful 2017.

Last season the teams average starting position improved from 37th to 28th and their average finish went from 34th to 26th.

The team is guaranteed a spot in every 2018 race as it has partnered to obtain the charter held by Circle Sport Racing owner Joe Falk. Falk ended his partnership with The Motorsports Group after last season and had control of the charter that the team used in 2017.

Go Fas also reached a long-term agreement with Wood Brothers Racing which was announced on Monday (January 15). WBR secured a charter for the MENCS in 2018 and subsequent seasons. The team also leased a charter from Go Fas Racing’s owner Archie St. Hilaire last season. These charter’s in NASCAR are important as they guarantee the team and driver a starting spot in each weeks race.

Keep in mind, this team is a single car team in the MENCS with limited resources who are known for doing things the old school way.

Does that stop them? Of course not. It’s clearly motivation at its finest. Every week, every race, it has taught them something else and it’s working. That’s why their one of the teams on my list to watch in 2018.

DiBenedetto kicked off his first Daytona 500 with Go Fas in 2017 with a 9th place finish in The Great American Race. Heading into this years 500 the team will look to match that finish, or improve it but as always, their goal will be to end up in victory lane.

Victory lane at Daytona isn’t far fetched for even a small team. Restrictor plate tracks are known for getting drivers and teams their first wins because anything can happen, and the racing isn’t over until it’s over.

DiBenedetto finished 2017 with 2 top-10 finishes, five top-20 finishes and led 12 laps which is his best season since he first came into the MENCS in 2015.

The changes that the team and DiBenedetto have seen in just one season are huge not only for his career, but it all helps the team gain additional exposure which helps with sponsorship or sees current sponsors come on board for additional races.

The team has been fortunate to have some great partners showcase their name on the No. 32 last season which are but not limited to the following: Ford Performance, Cosmo Motors, EJ Wade Foundation, CorvetteParts.net, Can-Am, Kappa and Incredible Bank.

It was announced last Tuesday that the new movie Hurricane Heist which is set to hit theaters on March 9 will be sponsoring DiBendetto and the No. 32 team for the Daytona 500. It’s definitely an awesome scheme and one that’s sure to be noticed in the garage area and on the race track.

Come the Daytona 500 look for the No. 32 team and DiBenedetto to once again run consistently and towards 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 @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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