Matt DiBenedetto will drive Viking Motorsports‘ No. 38 NASCAR Xfinity Series car for at least five races, starting at Richmond Raceway on March 30, DiBenedetto and Don Sackett — the owner of Viking and the CEO of SciAps Inc. — confirms to Frontstretch.

Richmond will mark DiBenedetto‘s first taste of NASCAR racing in 2024, as he began the season on the sidelines and without a ride. It will also mark his first start in the Xfinity Series since 2019.

“After starting 2024 with no ride, it has been an interesting test of faith,” DiBenedetto tells Frontstretch. “Although I have some business and things outside of racing, it doesn‘t fill the void of racing in NASCAR. This opportunity with Viking and the No. 38 team not only excited the heck out of me for the sake of getting back behind the wheel, but also because I can sense the passion and commitment to the sport from Don and the whole group.

“I‘m an all-in kind of guy, so I instantly clicked with Don and the team, and I look forward to helping build the team and relationship for the future.”

The news comes after the No. 38, fielded in collaboration with RSS Racing, failed to qualify for two of the first four races of the season with CJ McLaughlin behind the wheel.

Sackett says the plan for the No. 38 team is to run the majority of the remaining 29 races on the Xfinity schedule.


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