BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) When his sponsorship dried up early last season, Matt DiBenedetto took the unique step of making a social media video asking for funding ideas.
Denny Hamlin was among those who saw the clip and then donated $5,000 to his fellow competitor. The gesture brought more attention to DiBenedettos plight and ultimately a partial sponsorship that helped him get through the 2018 season.
So there was a twinge of sadness for Hamlin after he chased down DiBenedetto in the closing laps of Saturday nights race at Bristol Motor Speedway and denied the underdog an upset victory. DiBenedetto had learned four days before the race that Leavine Family Racing wasnt bringing him back for a second season, and a Bristol victory would have been a tremendous résumé boost during free agency.
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