Matt DiBenedetto refuse to hold back his emotions after losing his seat for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series campaign to No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford Harrison Burton.
DiBenedetto said that he was informed of the news yesterday that Harrison Burton would takeover the No. 21 ride for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.
On SiriusXMNASCAR DiBenedetto was asked if Team Penske gave him a reason why he was being replaced:
“I didn’t really ask …. Wasn’t even worth it to me.”
On @SiriusXMNASCAR, Matt DiBenedetto is asked if Team Penske gave him a reason why he was being replaced:
“I didn’t really ask …. Wasn’t even worth it to me.”#NASCAR
— Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin) July 15, 2021
“I’m going to be super honest. I’m not going to try and hide how I feel and what I feel,” DiBenedetto said. “You guys know what you see is what you get. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Found out yesterday. When I found out, I tried to be like OK, been through this before. How do I handle this? God has a plan for me. There’s a greater plan. …
“But you know what? I didn’t really sleep last night and I thought about it and it’s OK to have human emotion and I’m not going to lie to you, it’s OK to be pissed off, angry and bitter and all of the above. It just is what it is. We’re humans. We’re not perfect.”
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“There’s still a lot of season left,” DiBenedetto said. “The positives are we do have our team on track so we can go kick ass. That’s the great thing that’s already shown. And I’m appreciative and I want to desperately get the 100th win for the Wood Brothers because like I said, they are and always will be family to me. And I am super appreciative of the opportunity.
“I’m here to win in the Cup Series. I am going to. Through all the heartache, all the frustration, all the obstacles, all the craziness … I am going to overcome all that and we are going to win. I feel confident that we are in the best position to go out there and do that finally and my future is going to be full of that and we’re going to have success.”
ICYMI: @mattdracing joined @DanielleTrotta and @LarryMac28 and addressed if this was a performance-based decision.@Team_Penske | @woodbrothers21 | @NASCAR pic.twitter.com/rDAdVV7zvH
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) July 15, 2021