DiBenedetto, crew chief Nead re-up with Go Fas Racing for 2018

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

BROOKLYN, Mich. — After making a successful leap in 2017, Matt DiBenedetto and Go Fas Racing (GFR) will continue their relationship for another year.

GFR announced Saturday at Michigan International Speedway that DiBenedetto, 26, will continue to pilot the team’s No. 32 Ford for the 2018 season. Veteran crew chief Gene Nead will also continue on with the team, continuing a pairing that’s proven successful in their first season with GFR.

“As an organization, on behalf of my father (Archie St. Hilaire), the owner, who wasn’t able to make it this weekend, myself and all of us at Go Fas Racing, we’re proud to announce that Matt (DiBenedetto) is continuing to pilot the No. 32 [GFR] Ford Fusion in the 2018 season,” Mason St. Hilaire, son of owner Archie, said in a media availability. “He will be joined again by veteran mentor Gene Nead.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity. They both wanted to rejoin our program and work with us. These guys, when they’re together I relate them to a Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. When you find that person that really understands what you want and how to drive a race car and can find tune it, you don’t leave those things to the side. [sic] You jump on in.”

The team also confirmed that they will have a charter for the next season, through they couldn’t say where it will come from. The team is currently leasing a charter from Richard Petty Motorsports’ that previously went to their now-abandoned No. 44 entry.

After arriving at a team known for it’s placement near the back of the pack, DiBenedetto and Nead have exceeded their own operations in the pairing’s first season, scoring two top 10s in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 while consistently contending inside of the top 30.

“Loyalty has to go somewhere in this sport,” DiBenedetto said. “I’m really proud of this team. They took a chance on me, so I’m going to put everything that I possibly have into our team.”

DiBenedetto arrived at GFR in 2017 after completing two seasons with BK Racing, where the Grass Valley, California native brought the organization a career-best finish of sixth at Bristol Motor Speedway. DiBenedetto formerly made limited starts for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series (then Nationwide) from 2009-10. DiBenedetto then competed full-time in K&N Pro Series East in 2011 before running for a group of underfunded teams in the XFINITY Series from 2012-14.

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