Matt DiBenedetto announced Friday afternoon that he will be parting ways with Go Fas Racing following the 2018 season. DiBenedetto also wanted everyone to know he’ll have media availability Saturday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
I will have a media availability in the media center tomorrow at 9:45am pic.twitter.com/cZ4DsKQ7pI
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) September 7, 2018
DiBenedetto says in the statement that he is “betting on myself.” Presumably, because he has watched guys like Alex Bowman, Ryan Preece and now Ross Chastain all bet on themselves and impressed. DiBenedetto will look to add his name to that list of drivers, will he succeed though?
Where Could Reddit’s Boy Be Headed?
There aren’t a lot of options out there for DiBenedetto in terms of a competitive ride. What he is likely doing is taking the sponsorship he has and running a partial Xfinity schedule like Ryan Preece is doing with Joe Gibbs Racing. Even with that though there are only a handful of places he could go.
Joe Gibbs Racing – DiBenedetto has raced for JGR’s Xfinity team in 2010. In 6 starts he had an average finish of 22.0 Not exactly the success Joey Logano had in his first season with JGR. DiBenedetto supporters will say he was only 18 at the time and he has developed a driver which could very well be true. DiBenedetto will be looking to buy a handful of races in the #18 presumably.
Richard Childress Racing – DiBenedetto fits the mold for RCR. Middle of the road talent with money to spend. That’s not a knock on him or RCR there is a place for that in the sport. RCR will have a seat available for purchase when Daniel Hemric takes the #95 or a JTG ride.
Stewart-Haas Racing – If Cole Custer moves up to the Cup series in 2019 that opens up the #00 at SHR. Not to mention Kevin Harvick said Ross Chastain bullied him out of running any more Xfinity races in the future. The #98 could be open and would fit DiBenedetto’s potential part-time schedule as he looks to prove his talent.
Where He Isn’t Headed
DiBenedetto isn’t headed to any competitive Cup series team. The only rides that might be open the #1 and #41 already have plenty of names linked to them. Moving to JTG isn’t a big enough jump in competitiveness for DiBenedetto to prove anything. Opening up a third RCR Xfinity car seems highly unlikely as well financially.
His options to “be on myself” have to lie in the Xfinity series.
Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.
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