The NASCAR community is a strong one. When one of their members needs help, the other drivers and teams rise up and help. That was never more evident than what we saw on Tuesday.
Matt DiBenedetto’s No. 32 Ford with GoFas Racing doesn’t have a sponsor for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). That’s where the power of social media takes over.
DiBenedetto, took to his twitter page and asked fans and others for help in finding a potential deal. That’s where the NASCAR community handled the rest.
Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Darrell Waltrip all pledged money of their own to help DiBenedetto and GoFas Racing off set some costs. Combined, they put up $15k to DiBenedetto and the team ($5k each). Later, the team ended up getting a primary sponsor for the race. Hamlin, Harvick’s and Waltrip’s contributions will serve as associate sponsors.
It just goes to show you how much DiBenedetto is liked in the NASCAR world. He’d done so much with such a small team. His peers are noticing. He finished sixth at Bristol on 2016 with BK Racing. Last year, he joined GoFas and came home ninth in the Daytona 500 and eighth in the Brickyard 400. This past year, he was in the top five battling for a Daytona 500 win before being caught up in a late race crash not of his doing. Last weekend, he fought hard for a 22nd place finish in Las Vegas and his peers praised him.
This is a feel good story of the year so far.