It’s been quite a while since Matt Dibenedetto was in a competitive situation in a NASCAR. Dibenedetto is a former Joe Gibbs Racing development driver and probably still would be if he ran to his full potential in the NASCAR Nationwide Series several years ago.
Now, Dibenedetto has been given the chance to drive a car that will at least promise to run full races. The last time the 21-year old completed a full NASCAR event was a K&N Pro Series East race in 2012 with former NASCAR Nationwide Series winner, Andy Santerre as his crew chief. His last full Nationwide Series race was back in 2010 when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Dibenedetto looked like he had a promising future several years ago. He finished inside of the top-15 in his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start and had two top-10s in 2010. It looked like Dibenedetto was going to be success with Joe Gibbs Racing, but he was evidently replaced by Darrell Wallace Jr. who now drives for Gibbs’ NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Vision Racing competed in four events in 2012. The team is owned by Adrian Berryhill and will begin to race the No. 17 Toyota with Tanner Berryhill in select NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season. Dibenedetto will drive the team’s second car, the No. 37, starting at the Darlington Speedway. If he makes the race, it will be his 15th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start. It will be the first time in nearly two years that Dibenedetto will race more than 10 laps after starting and parking for seven events last year for The Motorsports Group just to remind people that he hasn’t given up on his dream.
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