Yes, we know we cover hockey, but we have a NASCAR-related request. At midnight tonight, voting for this Saturday’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ends. Would you vote for Matt DiBenedetto for us?
DiBenedetto, who currently ranks 32nd in Monster Energy Cup standings, races for a very small team called Go Fas Racing. His PR manager is none other than Caps fan and guy who once raced a NASCAR with RMNB’s logo on the hood Ryan Ellis. A source tells RMNB that DiBenedetto is neck and neck in a four-way race between Danica Patrick, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney for the top spot. That means your votes could literally put the man I call DiBurrito over the top.
Drivers can qualify several different ways for the race. Drivers that have recently won a race or been a Cup Series champ automatically get entry. For guys like DiBenedetto, the only way in is to win the fan vote to be included in the field of 20 drivers.
Recently, the third-year Cup driver published a serious but touching video, arguing why he deserved your support. It inspired a vote from Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Many have asked why the All-Star fan vote means so much to me. I made this video to show why we have been pushing so hard for the vote. pic.twitter.com/k9VxmzqXWu
— Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) May 18, 2017
Friday night, I reached out to Ryan Ellis, who explained why your vote is so significant.
“My whole career was spent on small teams,” Ryan Ellis said. “We have maybe 15 employees at Go Fas Racing, versus the 500+ at some of the bigger teams. We are basically a racing family fighting against massive racing empires.”
“Obviously, not nearly as many people know Matt DiBenedetto,” Ellis continued. “They do know Danica Patrick. Matt is driving for our small team and with our small group we’ve managed to stay ahead of her and their massive organization. It’s so crazy what these guys are able to do, working countless hours in the shop and on the road. Winning the All-Star Race would be huge for a small team like us, be huge for my resume obviously, and huge for Matt’s career as he works his way up the series.”
“I took this year off to make steady money and build up my resume,” Ellis concluded. “Nothing would help that process more than saying we helped Matt and this small team take down some of the biggest marketing and racing powerhouses.”
Are you in?
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