Much of the NASCAR industry is based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, but for the Go Fas Racing team, heading to New Hampshire Motor Speedway brings a feeling of being a little closer to home. Team owner Archie St. Hilaire, Team Manager Mason St. Hilaire, and Engine Specialist Willie Pelotte are all local to the Maine/New Hampshire area. In fact, many of the companies based in the area surrounding the St. Hilaire’s will partner with the race team this weekend, bringing back a grassroots sponsorship approach to NASCAR’s highest level.
A Local Flavor:
Highlighted on the No.32 Ford this weekend will be many local companies. The primary sponsor, Weirs Motor Sales (Buick/GMC), is a preferred dealership in Arundel, Maine offering quality new & used cars as well as state-of-the-art auto service and repairs, and car financing. Also on the No.32 Go Fas Racing Ford will be Carl Perkins Paving, PM Construction, Bangor Truck Equipment, Bentley’s Saloon, The Rod Father (Rods, Customs and Muscle Cars), and a campaign for Shawn Moody for Governor. Being locals to the area, the St. Hilaire’s are proud to be part of this car representing small local businesses.
Team Manager Mason St. Hilaire said, “I always look forward to coming back to the area. We see a lot of great friends and family while we’re up here and obviously we’re very proud ‘Mainers’. My father and I are very lucky to have the support of all of these great companies and I think it’s really unique that we are able to do something like this. There are a lot of massive NASCAR teams that are unable to do things like this for small businesses, but we take a lot of pride in working alongside small businesses like these from all over the country, but especially this close to home.”
Last Week For the No.32 Team:
The Go Fas Racing team raced at Kentucky Speedway for Kentucky’s only race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. DiBenedetto and Crew Chief Randy Cox worked to find a neutral balance for the No.32 CorvetteParts.net racecar throughout both practices, and went into the race with a few major adjustments to help the drivability of the No.32 Ford. Although the CorvetteParts.net racecar handled much better in the race, a mechanical failure sidelined the team for nearly 50 laps, resulting in a 37th place finish for the team.
DiBenedetto on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
“It’s crazy to think that we are past the halfway point in the season and it’s definitely a little strange to be making our first and only appearance at New Hampshire this weekend. Although we’re only headed there once this year, every other year we’ve been to New Hampshire Motor Speedway twice and we have a lot of setup notes to work off of. This is always a very interesting track for us. We always qualify really well, in the top-20 a couple times in fact, but we have struggled a little in longer runs. That will definitely be a focus for us this weekend with the Weirs Motor Sales Buick GMC No.32. We’re going to focus on long-run speed and manage traffic as well as we can. If we are able to do that, we’ve got a good shot at a top-20 or top-25 finish. We’re a little separated from where we want to be in the points race, but with a good finish this weekend we can begin to catch a few of the teams ahead of us.”
Matt DiBenedetto Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Average Start: 27th
Average Finish: 31st
Best Finish: 28th (2016)
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