“It Does Suck”- Matt DiBenedetto Opens Up on Losing his #21 Ride Next Year

Published 07/16/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the #21 Menards/Richmond Ford, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


With news of Harrison Burton moving to the Wood Brothers #21 car, it leaves Matt DiBenedetto on the lurch. The driver broke the news in a Facebook video and also revealed his emotions.

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He insisted that no blame can be leveled at Wood Brothers Racing because they were like a family to him. However, DiBenedetto did confess that losing the ride ‘sucked’.

He said, “I’m super appreciative for the opportunity, appreciative that we have a good chunk of season left to kick butt and just know that I’m here to win in the Cup Series.

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“I’m going to, through all the heartache, all the frustration, all the obstacles, all the craziness of what I told you about with our team not being where it needs to be, all this stuff, I don’t care, I’m going to overcome all of that.”

What lies in the future for Matt DiBenedetto?

The soon-to-be 30-year-old is in his second season with Wood Brothers Racing. Now it looks like he and the outfit will be parting ways.

From 57 starts with the outfit, Matt DiBenedetto has notched up five Top-5 finishes. However, the win continues to elude him to this day and time is running out.

NASCAR- Matt DiBenedetto
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For now, the driver simply has to cherish the time he has left with Wood Brothers Racing. At the same time, he must try to deliver as many decent performances as possible.

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The next few races will not only be his bid for the playoffs but there is something bigger at stake. In essence, the remainder of the season will be one massive audition for any Cup Series team to recruit him to their side.

All that DiBenedetto needs to do is put his head down and charge. As a driver who is on the outskirts of a playoff berth, he needs to be more aggressive and ruthless to try and qualify.

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