Matt Dibenedetto Says ‘Wood Brothers Ooze Confidence’ in Him as He Awaits a Decision on 2021 Contract

Published 09/29/2020, 8:30 AM EDT
NASCAR- Matt DiBenedetto COURTESY: GETTY


When the South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway concluded with Kurt Busch as the winner, behind him was Matt DiBenedetto in 2nd place, effectively putting him in a strong position in the playoff battle. However, he is still on the hunt for a 2021 contract extension from Wood Brothers Racing and Team Penske.

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Following the race, he spoke to FOX Sports about his performance in Vegas. DiBenedetto confessed that the entire year has been ‘crazy’. However, he insisted that the team is still strong and has the scope to improve.

The 29-year-old said, “I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface. I know we can win races and contend for sure.

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What else did Matt DiBenedetto say regarding his contract?

Speaking about his contract situation, he acknowledged that the current circumstances with COVID-19 delayed many things. Without all this, a number of scenarios would have been decided or set in stone.

According to DiBenedetto, “2020 has thrown a lot of variables, just a lot of moving parts. I’m just kind of speculating, but I’ll find out this week, but I think it’s just a lot of logistics.

“I feel like Wood Brothers are an amazing family. You can tell they ooze confidence in me, and that is such an amazing feeling, and same with Team Penske.”

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Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) leads driver Matt DiBenedetto (21) and the field during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Matt DiBenedetto believes that everyone in the team has plenty of faith in him. The 29-year-old insisted that they can only improve from here on out.

At the end of the day, the team is simply trying to figure out the logistics. However, he hopes that a positive reply comes soon because he loves to drive for Wood Brothers Racing.

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During the Vegas race, DiBenedetto found himself in the lead for the restart. However, Kurt Busch got the benefit of different gear ratio in his Chip Ganassi Racing. As a result, he got a better jump on restarts in first gear while DiBenedetto got bogged down in second.

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