Matt DiBenedetto appreciation thread

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by Clutch, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Man he was awesome today and almost won it.
    I sure hope he gets a good ride because he sure deserves one.

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  2. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I’m surprised nobody created a thread like this before for Matt D.
    Much deserved.
     
  3. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    It was so cool to see him come out dressed like Rocky at driver intros. :)
     
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  4. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Dude is definitely a warrior
     
  5. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    He watched Denny coming in his mirror but didn’t overreact.
    Traffic played a part and he held his ground.
    Worse drivers make more money than does he. They also haven’t his wheel talent.
    Sumting Wong.
     
  6. JBone88

    JBone88 JR Nation's last ride

    Matt DiBenedetto is lesson to everyone that you don’t what kinda talent is waiting to be discovered in the back of the pack.

    The kid has spent his entire career driving around in shitboxes. Fights his ass off to get into the fringes of Cup and finally gets a chance to show what he can do. Dude is a lion. Hope things work out for him.
     
  7. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    As of 45 minutes ago he was still signing autographs at the track. Dude is what this sport needs.
     
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  8. jws926

    jws926 I need to think of something new for here

    I understand why Matty was disappointed , but he had nothing to be disappointed with tonight(outside of not winning), he drove the best race of his life and probably did a lot to help his career even though he didnt win.
     
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  9. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    He really did nothing wrong. The 11 had better tires and got better breaks in traffic and that was the difference.
     
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  10. Joker

    Joker #1 Harvick Fan

    There's absolutely no reason for him not to get a ride next year given the finishes he's produced in that car.
     
  11. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Of only his family had the financial resources to secure him a seat in a quality ride.
     
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  12. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Yeah Matt's doing it the hard way. Earning it!
     
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  13. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    *If, not of. :mad:
    Damn autocorrect
     
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  14. 10-4

    10-4 Car Chief

    Matt D sure put on a a helluva show when he took the lead. Denny was just so much better than everyone else he was not going to be denied. I don't blame Newman for anything he did. He sid exactly what he was supposed to do. He's not supposed to lay down and quit for anybody and he didn't.
     
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  15. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    Mike Wheeler has a lot to do with Matt D’s current success.
     
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  16. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Yes he does
     
  17. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Oh, you mean his CC. [​IMG]
     
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  19. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    It can be difficult for competitors to appreciate what they've just done when they're focused on what they just missed. Sometimes a few hours will let them see what they did from the perspective of their entire careers, and not just in terms of a single event. I hope the Stallion feels better this morning about what he pulled off last night.

    Before they get lost in the shuffle, I want to point out that the #95 pit crew was turning competitive stops all night. I dunno if that's due to JGR support or if they've been that good all along and I haven't noticed, but they're working much better than a crew normally associated with a lower-budget team.
     
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  20. REBS31

    REBS31 LASTCAR Specialist

    So all of r/NASCAR condensed into one thread, I like it
     
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  21. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I go to Reddit a little bit, but some people on there are insufferable
     
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  22. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I wish the lifers would retire so guys like DiBenedetto could get quality rides.
     
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  23. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Lifers? Names please. Newman? Who else isn't earning their seat.
     
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  24. machinistman3

    machinistman3 Aka Ray Chevrolet

    People aren’t stupid and if he can win he will get a ride eventually. This thing has taken on a life of it’s own.
     
  25. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    :punkrocke
     
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  26. REBS31

    REBS31 LASTCAR Specialist

    Yeah I like this place so much better than Reddit
     
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  27. JohnHill

    JohnHill Rusty Wallace & Terry Labonte Rule!

    Thanks. I’m wondering the same.
     
  28. LARRY

    LARRY Stages! Stages! We don't need no stinking stages!!

    Disagreed Newman is a total ass.
    I can't think of anyone else who would mess up the leader with 20 laps to go.
     
  29. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    It's not Newman's job to layover for anyone when every point matters for their playoff hopes. And also that 6 car has been running the best it's been in years.
     
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  30. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    Matt D is trying to make NASCAR a soap opera or maybe Oprah. Too many hardened NASCAR fans in here melting when they see the Matt D sappy emotions -- it's a bad look. It's even worse than watching Natalie D grab a hat and throw it down.

    And if I were his owner/string puller -- Bob, Joe, TRD, Toyota, Sponsors or whatever else is in your imagination -- and Matt D is trying to amp up pressure to keep him in the ride, I'm probably cutting him loose just to get the clingy emotional wreck away from my team climate and race cars.

    There's always more to the story of why one driver is chosen over others. Austin Dillon at RCR is pretty simple to figure out. Chase in a top ride is easy to figure out.

    But Matt D? Who knows what else Bob knows or considers when navigating the elephants in the room for keeping his team competitive. I don't live in NASCAR circles, but there's always seems to be more to the story when it comes to high profile big money decisions.
     
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  31. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    You're looking way too much into this.. like really
     
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  32. Revman

    Revman I didn't do sh!t Bob!

    I am not 100% with your wording, but I do agree with the gist of your post. The look here (whether intentional or not) is that Matt was backstabbed this week, and almost paid his vicious owner & manufacturer back. That's BS. I am sure Matt hoped that something would change relative to the situation he was walking into last fall, but he absolutely knew what the plan was IMO. It was a great move on his part. He went to a team that was developing support to become a player. This year was designed to be just that--LFR building relationships with JGR and TRD in preparation for Chris Bell. I am sure that in the back of Matt's mind, he was hoping for a second car or something, but he knew that his move was a career gamble (a good one, however). The pay back for Matt is that we are talking about him halfway through August. We wouldn't be doing that if he stayed where he was. Good story, but like so much in social media these days, it has to be taken to a deeper, darker level. SMDH.
     
  33. Revman

    Revman I didn't do sh!t Bob!

    Newman always gets a free pass on this kind of thing. It's old. If you are not relevant to the outcome of a race, get the hell out of the way. He has enough experience in irrelevance to know better.
     
  34. Blaze

    Blaze Midnight Rider

    The biggest problem with Newman's actions last night, probably was when he hit Matt, more so than the racing him hard.
     
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  35. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    The Matt D story is overblown and taken on such an emotional context that I'll be glad when it's over;

    AND ALL THE emotional coverage it garners DURING and AFTER the race is getting sickening.

    That's not me looking too much into it - that's NASCAR/Networks and their cackling talking heads investing too much time into the Matt D narrative.

    He's getting moved -- life goes on.
     
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  36. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Yep. Then he pretty much let Hamlin go. That was dirty.
     
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  37. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    I could see he or Buescher being named as a potential replacement for Jimmie at HMS.
     
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  38. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Bad move by Toyota, I doubt the story is going away. People still know and recall what happened to Joey, and Barney no matter how much B.S. is piled on top of it.
     
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  39. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    I'm not a fan of Lappers making contact with Lead Lap cars. But as Ryan has stated before, "I'm not proud of that." :D
     
  40. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Pretty relevant if sitting in Newman's seat. Matt wins and it puts him on the playoff bubble. Haven't you been listening to the head gerbil? EVERY POINT MAAATTERS! :p
     

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