Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin sponsor Matt DiBenedetto ahead of TicketGuardian 500 in Phoenix
It never hurts to ask. That’s what NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto is learning after he posted a short video to Twitter on Tuesday asking for sponsors ahead of Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 Cup Series race in Phoenix.
“We are in a little bit of situation, but we are unsponsored at ISM Raceway at Phoenix this weekend,” DiBenendetto said before asking viewers to pass along the news to any personal connections. “Fans have been the whole reason I’ve made it where I am today. I figured why not reach out to you guys?”
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
DiBenendetto offered pit passes to whoever comes through, and sure enough, the offers started rolling in.
Fellow driver Denny Hamlin pledged $5,000 to the cause and praised DiBenendetto as a driver in hopes of rallying more support.
Very good driver here that deserves being on the track. Any company would be represented well on his car. https://t.co/cyQCui9Apv— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) March 6, 2018
Shortly after, broadcaster and former driver Darrell Waltrip and Boogity Brands offered $5,000.
Boogity Brands is in for $5,000 where do I send the check!!! https://t.co/NOp8kZnvr4— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) March 6, 2018
Then Kevin Harvick, who won two weeks ago at Atlanta, pledged another $5,000.
Other Twitter users encouraged businesses including PetSmart, UPS, Chipotle and Jamba Juice to get in on the action.
The 26-year-old DiBenedetto, in his second season with Go Fas Racing, had a strong showing in the Daytona 500, running in the top 10 before a 12-car wreck took him out of the race. He finished 27th.
DiBenedetto followed that run with a 31st-place finish in Atlanta and a 22nd in Las Vegas.