Matt DiBenedetto Lands Full-Time Truck Series Ride in Rackley W.A.R. No. 25 Chevrolet
First reported by Jayski.com, Matt DiBenedetto will race the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado for Rackley W.A.R. in 2022. DiBenedetto, a Cup and Xfinity Series veteran of 12 years, has never made a single Truck Series start. In about a month, the California native will be chasing the Camping World Truck Series championship in this new ride.
DiBenedetto comes off of two years in the Cup Series with Wood Brothers Racing. In his time behind the iconic No. 21 car, DiBenedetto made the Playoffs once (2020) and had 20 top-10s. His best finish was second, coming twice. Although short of the Playoffs last year, DiBenedetto finished 18th in the final standings. With no open Cup rides, the popular underdog makes his first venture into the Truck Series.
Reactions From DiBenedetto, Team Owners
“I can honestly say that, at this time in my career, I am truly excited,” DiBenedetto said. “It feels like I’m going back to my roots in a lot of ways. I love the feeling you immediately get when you talk to Curtis, Willie, Chad; all the guys around this organization. They are all hard-core racers and everyone is extremely dedicated. This opportunity is a blessing to me and I’m really excited to do my part in taking this team to the next level.”
“We are honored to have Matt DiBenedetto join Rackley W.A.R. full-time for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season driving the number 25 Chevrolet,” said team co-owner Curtis Sutton. We feel that by teaming Matt up with experienced crew chief Chad Kendrick, we will be competing for multiple wins and be competitive at all race tracks. I truly believe that the NASCAR Truck Series is the most exciting. I am looking forward to getting the season started.”
Rackley W.A.R.’s other co-owner Willie Allen also commented on bringing DiBenedetto into his organization. “We have a lot of great folks around this race shop and in a lot of other places. This will be our second year having an alliance with GMS Racing and we’re really appreciative of all they do for us. We will continue our manufacturer alliance with GM and Chevrolet, and we’re super-thankful for the resources they make available to us. This series is for sure the most competitive out there right now, and we are really fortunate to have excellent partners. We anticipate a big year as we look forward to our first win.”
A second-year team in the Truck Series, the 25 was piloted last season by multiple drivers. Their 2021 driver lineup included Timothy Peters, Josh Berry, William Byron, Brett Moffitt, and team co-owner Willie Allen. The 25 posted one top-10 last year, with Josh Berry at Texas.
With a GMS partnership and DiBenedetto’s experience, this team could contend for wins or a Playoff spot on points. The Truck Series’ 2022 season kicks off on Friday, February 18th at Daytona International Speedway. Be sure to keep an eye out on DiBenedetto all season long as he chases his first NASCAR National Series victory.
Written by Peter Stratta
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