"A sixth-place finish for BK Racing and for all my guys, this is like a win for us," DiBenedetto said. "I apologize for being so emotional, but this is an incredible run.
As most NASCAR Fans, I love to cheer for the underdog.
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At five years old, Matt DiBenedetto sat in front of the television as his Dad flicked through the channels. As Dad passed a NASCAR race, Matt asked that he go back. Matt was instantly hooked and every Sunday he sat glued to the TV watching the NASCAR race.
When Matt was is kindergarten, he wrote, “When I grow up, I want to be a racecar driver.” Who would have imagined that he really meant this?
DiBenedetto ran part-time in the Xfinity Series with JGR in 2010. Unfortunately, lack of sponsorship, forced him to race with a smaller team.
NASCAR Race Mom (NRM) was surprised as Matt climbed up the leaderboard in yesterday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. With fifty laps remaining he was fifteenth; then twenty-five laps later he was inside the top ten and NRM started to take notice.
Driving a clean and consistent race, DiBenedetto took the checkered flag just out of the top-five, when he came in sixth. I was both amazed and delighted. This feat is amazing considering that he races for BK Racing, a less funded team.
From his on camera interview, it was obvious that magnitude of DiBenedetto’s finish was not lost on the twenty-four-year-old. Before this, his best 2016 race finish was twentieth in the “Good Sam 500.”
"That's unbelievable for a team like to us to be growing this much and for us to get a sixth-place run," DiBenedetto said. "I'm sorry I'm so emotional, it's just this is like a win for us. I am so excited. I see my family back here — my wife, Taylor, my brother is in town from the military and I'm so glad he got to experience this. This is just incredible. I'm so blessed to be here."
NASCAR Race Mom will be watch Matt DiBenedetto progress this year – it should be exciting.