DiBenedetto Won’t Return To Leavine Family Racing

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Matt DiBenedetto has confirmed he won't return to Leavine Family Racing in 2020. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
Matt DiBenedetto has confirmed he won't return to Leavine Family Racing in 2020. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Matt DiBenedetto has confirmed he will not return to Leavine Family Racing next season.

DiBenedetto, who took over driving duties of the No. 95 entry for the team this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, confirmed the news via a Twitter post on Thursday morning.

“I got the devastating news that I will not be able to return to Leavine Family Racing next season,” DiBenedetto said in his statement. “I can’t express how thankful I am for Bob (Leavine), Sharon, Matt Diliberto and everyone at LFR and Toyota for allowing me to do exactly what I set out to do, which was showcase my talent.

“It has been exciting for us as a team to get top-fives, top-10s and lead the most laps in the Daytona 500.”

This is DeBenedetto’s fifth full season at NASCAR’s top level. He previously drove for BK Racing and Go Fas Racing, earning four top-10 finishes between 2015 and 2018.

DiBenedetto joined Leavine Family Racing this year and has put together the best season of his career. In 23 starts this year he has earned two top-five and four top-10 finishes. He also led 49 laps in the Daytona 500, more than anyone else.

Leavine Family Racing has not confirmed who will replace DiBenedetto in the No. 95 Toyota next season, though reports indicate it is likely to be NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor Christopher Bell.