Matt DiBenedetto can’t catch a break.
The easy-to-root for NASCAR driver seemingly finished second Sunday in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. But DiBenedetto was dropped to 21st after being handed a post-race penalty for forcing William Byron out of bounds on the final lap of the fifth NASCAR Cup Series playoff race.
Take a look at the last lap, which saw Denny Hamlin take the checkered flag:
DiBenedetto has been a name to watch during NASCAR’s silly season. Despite posting strong numbers in average equipment for Wood Brothers Racing, DiBenedetto has not yet been re-signed by the team.
Understandably frustrated, the 29-year-old addressed his situation in a tweet after Sunday’s race.
It’s possible to interpret DiBenedetto’s tweet as a positive one, as it might suggest rumors of Austin Cindric replacing him in the No. 21 are not set in stone.
DiBenedetto still hasn’t won a Cup race but has 19 top 10 finishes over his six-year career.