INDIANAPOLIS – We could start calling him big race Matt. In the season opening Daytona 500, Matt DiBenedetto finished ninth. It was his second career top 10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
A sixth place run with BK Racing last spring at Bristol.
Well, on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, DiBenedetto brought his No. 32 Ford home eighth in the Brickyard 400.
Sixth at Bristol, eighth at Indy, ninth at Daytona. Oh, he’s done so with BK Racing and GoFas Racing.
“It’s unreal,” DiBenedetto said after his top 10 finish at Indy. “We have 15 people. Teams we just beat have 500 employees. We have 15 hardworking guys doing it the old school way. We have a little old shop with a family owned team.”
Just earlier this afternoon, Alex Bowman was in the media center talking about how he bet on himself, turning rides down with other smaller budget teams waiting for a chance with Hendrick Motorsports. He didn’t bring money. He showed some promise with underfunded teams and got an opportunity.
Is this DiBenedetto’s? He was very candid and emotional describing how much effort he’s putting into this.
“Man I say all the time and it’s not just me it’s me having great people around me, we may not have a lot of people but we have really good people,” DiBenedetto told me on pit road. “I just desperately have been trying to prove myself in this series and doing it with the small teams and I’m doing it the old school way. I don’t come from a lot of money. I’ve come from a normal background. I’ve been doing this all by myself since I was 16. I feel like I’m desperately trying to prove myself. I’m trying to prove myself to the fans by being unique and hoping it gives me a long career.
“This is my dream since I was a kid. Having to work this hard makes me appreciate this even more.”
Well, if DiBenedetto can keep doing this, he will have a long career. He’s earned it and deserves any success that comes his way.