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DiBenedetto Takes ‘Leap of Faith,’ Parts Ways with Go Fas Racing for 2019

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor

INDIANAPOLIS – Matt DiBenedetto shocked the NASCAR world on Thursday with news that he would be leaving Go Fas Racing, his home for the last two years, to seek opportunities elsewhere for the 2019 season.

Of all of the silly season dominoes to fall, DiBenedetto’s news was unexpected to say the least, but as his announcement on Twitter stated, he believes the move is the correct one for his career going forward, especially as other young drivers are getting opportunities elsewhere and advancing their careers for the better.

“I believe that this gives me the best opportunity to further my career and showcase my talent and ability at the highest level,” said DiBenedetto. “Winning races has always been the goal and now I’m taking a leap of faith and betting on myself to prove it. Watching other drivers get opportunities has definitely been a driving force in my decision, knowing I can get it done if given the chance.”

In an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Thursday night, the 27-year old Grass Valley, California native added that he does not yet have a ride lined up for next season and he is truly taking a “leap of faith” as noted in his original announcement.

DiBenedetto has 129 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts under his belt, scoring four top-10 finishes, three of which have come with Go Fas Racing. His best finish this season came with a seventh-place result in the July race at Daytona International Speedway and he currently sits 30th in points.

“We would like to thank Matt DiBenedetto for being a big part of our No. 32 team over the last two years,” Go Fas Racing said in a statement. “We’re very proud of everything we have built together as a team and the finishes we earned together.

“We wish Matt and his family nothing but the best moving forward. They will all be close friends of the team for many years. As a program, we are looking onward to solidifying our driver and sponsor pairing for the 2019 season soon and until then, will focus on the season at hand. We still have a lot of racing left this season with our amazing partners.”

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.