UPDATE: DiBenedetto Will Go Fas In New Ride For 2017

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By Yvonne Jones, Staff Writer

Go Fas Racing is settling down with Matt DiBenedetto.

After using multiple drivers since joining NASCAR’s premier series in 2014, GFR announced on Thursday afternoon that DiBenedetto, a.k.a. Guido, will be the only driver in the seat of the No. 32 Ford Fusion come 2017.

“I guess it was time, you know. Time to move on,” Go Fas Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire said. “Two and a half years we’ve been doing this Cup series and it’s just time to latch onto to one guy, a good guy and then move forward and get better.

“We are gonna take one of the young best talent, I think, out there and move forward.”

St. Hilaire had eight different drivers taking turns in the No. 32 Ford Fusion in 2016. Bobby Labonte, the 2000 champ in NASCAR’s top series, Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., Boris Said, Patrick Carpentier, Dylan Lupton and Eddie McDonald were all part of the racing by committee.

But now DiBenedetto, who spent the past two seasons with BK Racing, is scheduled to race in all 36 events for GFR.

“This will be our first season in the premier series with one driver running the complete season for us,” St. Hilaire said. “We believe Matt’s driving ability and a fleet of newer race equipment purchased this offseason will elevate our program to new levels in 2017.”

St. Hilaire has yet to reveal a crew chief but says the team is in a good place with the 25-year-old DiBenedetto, who has one top 10 in 68 career starts, an emotional sixth-place finish at Bristol on April 17, 2016.

“We will have more announcements on crew next week, but right now we’re very happy, great kid and very good driver,” he said. ”I think, you see the emotions at Bristol last year and this kid has got it and I think it’s a great addition to what we’re doing.”

St. Hilaire has had his eyes on DiBenedetto long before Bristol. In fact, the owner said the driver has been on his radar from his K&N Series days.

“There was a day about two years ago that he came in — and I really admired him for coming to our shop; I happened to be there that day — and he said ‘hey I want to drive your Cup car,’” recalled St. Hilaire. “’I will drive for nothing.’”

“That got my attention that day as it wasn’t about money. I should have taken him that day and I didn’t, but I do have him now.”

DiBenedetto announced on Dec. 8 via Twitter that he was leaving BKR and said ‘exciting announcements coming soon.”

“I am very excited to join Go Fas Racing for the 2017 season,” DiBenedetto said. “We have a great group of people that I am very excited to work with this season. I am thankful for the opportunity and I look forward to representing the team and sponsors to the best of my ability.”

St. Hilaire said Can-Am/Kappa, Keen Parts, Visone RV, Really Cheap Floors will again be along for the ride, and was expecting to announce new additions to its sponsorship lineup at a later date.

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