NASCAR’s “Foolish Season” — a.okay.a. free company — is in full swing, and the newest information includes a number of Ford drivers, together with Brad Keselowski.
Within the premier Cup Collection, Crew Penske introduced Thursday that Keselowski shall be out of the No. 2 Ford subsequent season — he’s expected to join Roush Fenway Racing — and he’ll get replaced by Austin Cindric, the reigning second-tier Xfinity Collection champion. Initially, Cindric was set to take over the No. 21 Wooden Brothers Racing Ford subsequent yr, changing fan favourite Matt DiBenedetto. However now with Cindric within the No. 2 automobile, Xfinity Collection driver Harrison Burton will pilot the No. 21.
Regardless of all of the shuffling and adjustments, this nonetheless means DiBenedetto — who’s been driving for Wooden Brothers Racing, which has a technical alliance with Crew Penske, for the final two seasons — is a free agent and searching for a journey for 2022 and past.
In an trustworthy and uncooked video, DiBenedetto addressed his present scenario and stated he discovered the information Wednesday. The soon-to-be 30-year-old driver has been on this unsure scenario earlier than in his profession, and he acknowledged how a lot it hurts and frustrates him.
He requested followers to not take their anger out on the Wooden Brothers as a result of he stated they “all the time shall be” household to him. However he additionally acknowledged the group has struggled this season, calling it “damaged,” and stated he’s “getting the [expletive] finish of the deal.”
Within the video, DiBenedetto stated:
“I do know God has a plan for me. There’s a larger plan, all the time has been. Blah, blah, blah. However you already know what? I didn’t actually sleep effectively final evening, and I considered it and awakened this morning. And, you already know, it’s okay to have human emotion and — I’m not gonna deceive you — it’s OK to be pissed off, indignant, and bitter and all of the above. It simply is what it’s. We’re people. We’re not good.
“That doesn’t change my religion and figuring out there’s a plan for all this and all, however, you already know, it doesn’t make sufficient suck, as a result of it does suck. So, yeah, that’s what it’s. And so why would I say that I’m, you already know, upset and it sucks? Nicely, clearly, as a result of I don’t know what I’m doing subsequent yr. I’ve been by means of this, we’ve been by means of this, you guys followers, I’ve been by means of this journey loads. And my profession’s been stuffed with a number of heartbreak and frustration and all this. Additionally, been tremendous lucky.
“However why would I’ve these feelings? As a result of, you already know, I used to be so freakin’ fortunate, and nonetheless am, to be driving the 21 automobile. Like it. And I need to get that one centesimal win for [Wood Brothers Racing] unhealthy. However this 21 group’s additionally been damaged for some time. …
“Now I’m sitting right here in an analogous scenario and never figuring out what the long run’s going to carry and we’ll determine it out. I do really feel like I’ll land on my toes, and it’s all going to be a part of a larger plan, and it’s going to work out. It’ll work out larger than ever. I do know I’m gonna win the Cup Collection, and it’s simply wonderful what a loopy curler coaster journey of emotion and what the story’s been. And I don’t know why I get by means of put by means of these sort of insane exams. I may even script the story the best way it’s, however it’s simply unreal whenever you have a look at it.”
By way of the primary 21 races this season, DiBenedetto and the No. 21 group have two top-5 finishes and 5 top-10 finishes, together with within the final two races the place they got here in tenth at Highway America and ninth at Atlanta. Consistency has been a problem for the group, and in June, they modified crew chiefs.
DiBenedetto — who gained the All-Star Race fan vote this yr — has by no means gained a Cup Collection race, and he has eight top-5 finishes in seven full-time seasons on the sport’s prime stage.
Whereas followers definitely appreciated his honesty, many are additionally crushed for him and anxious about his unknown future in NASCAR.
This sucks !!! https://t.co/8akV8KMav6
— darren wright (@darren51wright) July 15, 2021
I don’t perceive this in any respect.. matty d has been performing in the previous couple of weeks after a crew chief change, he made the playoffs final yr and he’s arguably probably the most preferred driver within the storage. Followers love him why not make him the face of the 21 automobile??
— @rentfreeliving (@hailraid) July 15, 2021
I do know what lots of people consider his expertise stage however I actually hope Matty D will get a journey subsequent yr. Simply undecided if there are any cheap choices out there. He’s in hassle man 😔
— KLRaceFan 🏁🏁🏁🏁 (@5KLNASCARFAN) July 15, 2021
Rattling, that’s a kick within the head to Matty D. https://t.co/tHxlBFk0NK
— The Unfastened Lugs Podcast (@LugsPodcast) July 15, 2021
I actually hope @mattdracing can get a great journey when that is all stated and finished. There’s NO ONE I want higher fortune to in NASCAR than to Matty D.
Going to be rooting for him HARD the remainder of this season. https://t.co/2MjMQ4J8yX
— KnightroStark (@KnightroStark) July 15, 2021
Actually hope Matty D has one thing good lined up 🙁 https://t.co/uzfrcQzHZO
— Jay Arnold+ (@JArnoldTAMU85) July 15, 2021
A disgrace Matty D did not fairly work out with the Wooden Brothers. However I hope they’ll end the yr sturdy so each are arrange for a great 2022.
— Chris Floyd (@Christopholes11) July 15, 2021
Hope Matt will get one other alternative. One in every of THE nicest and most real folks within the storage space and a hell of a racer. I respect your honesty and openness. https://t.co/K6mItX9s07
— Chris Wilner (@chriswilner26) July 15, 2021
One in every of my favourite drivers and favourite folks in NASCAR it doesn’t matter what or the place he drives. However will probably be a disgrace if @mattdracing isn’t in a Cup journey subsequent yr. https://t.co/aYU4HoX403
— Nikki (@NKrone) July 15, 2021
I’m so glad for Harrison…however I’m devastated for Matty D. https://t.co/feqiv7Q0lR
— Brian 🏁 (@BMer_di9) July 15, 2021
Matty D deserves higher.
— ABPAWVU79 (@abpawvu79) July 15, 2021
Kinda hoped Matty D would maintain the 21 drive with Cindric being bumped to the two.
Unsure about Burton in Cup, he is obvs proficient however idk. Then once more it makes it simpler for JGR to get younger Gibbs into Xfinity. https://t.co/gztEpgo8mw
— Richard 🏴 (@Ricker666) July 15, 2021