Matt DiBenedetto Leaves BK Racing Ahead of 2017

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Matt DiBenedetto and BK Racing will both likely make their way to Daytona International Speedway next February, but for the first time in two years, they won’t be together.

DiBenedetto, 25, took to Twitter on Thursday evening to announce that he’s “decided to go in a different direction” next season after completing two seasons in NASCAR’s premier series with BK Racing.

Though he didn’t give any hints about his 2017 location, DiBenedetto did add that he had “exciting announcements coming soon.”

The declaration ends a pairing between DiBenedetto and BKR that saw the Californian make 68 premier series starts, including a surprising sixth-place finish in last spring’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway that earned the driver a cult following and proved to be one of the season’s heartwarming moments.

Unfortunately for DiBenedetto, the months following that Bristol shock proved difficult. The second-year driver limped through the second half of the year, breaking into the top 20 only one time — a 17th-place finish at, you guessed it, Bristol — in the season’s final 29 races.

DiBenedetto’s name arose in the headlines only once through the Chase, when he was deemed ineligible to compete at Texas Motor Speedway despite claiming to feel fine after failing concussion protocol. He returned the following week at Phoenix International Raceway.

Before making his way to BKR in 2015, DiBenedetto was a journeyman driver, best known for a brief stint with Joe Gibbs Racing from 2009-10 that saw the Californian make seven XFINITY Series starts, earning a best finish of ninth at Iowa Speedway in 2010.

BKR has yet to make a statement on DiBenedetto’s exit at this time. The organization currently has no confirmed drivers for 2017.

One Comment

  1. Mule

    December 10, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Hope all works out well for all parties involved. Good to see teams like BK Racing put best efforts into their program. Good luck to Matt (and also David, now that he was announced he was also not retained), and perhaps you’ll even wind up on my favorite team now that they have a vacant seat to fill.

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