Matt DiBenedetto celebrates his 100th Cup Series start as the Go Fas Racing team pulls into Kansas Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400. This will mark the second trip that the series will make to this speedway this year and will also mark the final race of the second round of the NASCAR Playoffs. The Go Fas Racing No.32 currently sits 31st in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings.

This weekend will be Matt DiBenedetto’s 100th race in the top series of NASCAR. DiBenedetto made his first Cup Series start in 2015 and has recorded three top-10’s, two of which were this season. His average finish in 2015 was 32nd and he has seen that statistic improve this year with Go Fas Racing where his average finish is 27th – a huge feat for a smaller team. With DiBenedetto re-signed through 2018, the team will continue to grow throughout the offseason and will look to improve their average finish up into the top-25.

Can-Am and Kappa were also the primary sponsor for the No.32 team last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. DiBenedetto qualified in the 32nd position, and rode comfortably just outside of the main pack as several contenders got involved in major accidents. Pit strategy even found the Can-Am / Kappa Ford leading eleven laps in the middle-half of the race before a caution came out for debris. Another big accident occurred on lap 177/188 where the No.32 got minor cosmetic damage and came to pit road. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding with the timing of the red-flag under the following caution caused NASCAR to park the No.32 team and several other teams for the remaining part of the race. Without this misunderstanding, the Can-Am / Kappa Ford would likely have finished within the top-10 as only twelve cars finished the race, but still ended up with a 31st place result.

DiBenedetto on Kansas Speedway: 
“I really enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway. Our mile-and-a-half program has been very strong this year and Gene has been giving me fast race cars to compete with. We qualified in the second-round here at Kansas earlier in the season, so that gives us a lot of hope. I like the racing at Kansas because you can move around a lot groove-wise and find a line that works with the balance of your racecar. I’m usually one of the first people to move up into the high-groove and that seems to help find us some speed. If we can get a balance on the racecar like we had in the spring, I know we’ll be fast and competitive.”
Chassis Info: Crew Chief Gene Nead will be bringing chassis GFR-900 to serve as the primary car this weekend. This car last raced at Chicagoland Speedway where it finished 31st.
Matt DiBenedetto Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kansas Speedway:
Starts: 5
Average Start: 28
Average Finish: 28
Best Finish: 24th (2016)
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