By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
As with the ‘game of musical chairs’ that takes place at season’s end, Matt DiBenedetto’s relationship with Go Fas Racing, and Ford Performance, came to an end at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The underdog Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team struggled throughout much of the Ford EcoBoost 400.
DiBenedetto’s No. 32 Zynga Poker Ford Fusion spent much of the race outside the top-20. In practice and qualifying, he struggled just to break into the top-30. Untimely cautions, and the overall lack of speed, left the Ford Performance driver three laps down. With only Erik Jones on the same lap as him, DiBenedetto ended the race in 26th.
The 26th-place finish keeps DiBenedetto 29thin the Championship Points Standings, a career best for the Grass Valley, CA native.
During DiBenedetto’s two-year tenure at the Archie St. Hilaire co-owned team, he earned three top-10 finishes. The duos best finish together was a seventh-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.
Recently, DiBenedetto joined a growing list of drivers taking a chance on themselves. Several months after announcing he would not be returning to Go Fas Racing, it became clear that he would join Leavine Family Racing. A part of that move also means a return for DiBenedetto to the Toyota Racing Development family.
A replacement for DiBenedetto in the Go Fas Racing No. 32 Ford Mustang has not been announced.
A day before the race, DiBenedetto shared his thoughts on his departure from Go Fas Racing.
It’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be my last race with @GoFasRacing32. Feels like just yesterday we ran our first race together. I wanted to share these final thoughts and thank everyone before taking the green flag tomorrow for the last time in the No.32 Ford. pic.twitter.com/lDFsMoY76z
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) November 18, 2018