Hamlin, Harvick lend helping hand to sponsorless Matt DiBenedetto
CONCORD, N.C. -- Matt DiBenedetto and Go FAS Racing's upcoming race weekend at ISM Raceway just got a little bit easier thanks to some friendly faces in the garage.
DiBenedetto took to Twitter Tuesday, telling his supporters that the No. 32 team had no primary sponsorship for this weekend's race.
Hey guys!— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) March 6, 2018
We hate doing this, but we are UNSPONSORED as of right now for @ISMRaceway this weekend! If you or anyone you know has the ability to help us connect with a business interested in coming on board this weekend please contact the @GoFasRacing32 page ASAP! pic.twitter.com/3hbFnTBBqI
It wasn't long before Denny Hamlin rushed in, pledging $5,000 to DiBenedetto and Go FAS just minutes after DiBenedetto tweeted about the team's sponsorship troubles.
"Very good driver here that deserves being on the track," Hamlin tweeted. "Any company would be represented well on his car."
A short while later, NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip said his "Boogity Brands" would throw in another $5,000 for the 32 team.
I could about tear up right now at the overwhelming amount of support! Thank you so much DW. We will count you in as well. I will message you https://t.co/UtyRT8oWan— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) March 6, 2018
DiBenedetto's day of good news wasn't done yet. Kevin Harvick,
Overwhelmed by the response from fans and competitors, DiBenedetto returned to Twitter Tuesday afternoon, clarifying that his team wasn't in danger of shutting down in the near future despite having a handful of unsponsored races for 2018.
Just a quick update! pic.twitter.com/1pItYRCxxM— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) March 6, 2018
"We're very small and operate off of a very small budget," DiBenedetto said. "We just want to get better and having these unsponsored races is hard.
"Every little bit goes a long way here, so that is incredible. I don't even know what to say, thank you isn't nearly enough."