The wait is over; Matt DiBenedetto has landed a experience for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Sequence season. He’s set to interchange Paul Menard at Wooden Brothers Racing.
Matt DiBenedetto is slated to lose his experience at Leavine Household Racing after only one season even though he has carried out at a excessive stage all through the 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence marketing campaign.
Given Leavine Household Racing’s technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Sequence driver Christopher Bell has been tipped to land DiBenedetto’s experience behind the wheel of the #95 Toyota.
However the 28-year-old Grass Valley, California native, who gave up his experience at Go Fas Racing looking for a greater alternative for the 2019 season that he in the end ended up touchdown, has landed one other nice alternative within the Cup Sequence for subsequent yr.
Paul Menard introduced that he’s set to retire from Cup Sequence competitors upon the conclusion of the 2019 season, leaving Wooden Brothers Racing needing a driver for the #21 Ford subsequent season.
DiBenedetto has been confirmed as that driver.
Right here is how he responded on Twitter to this chance.
I don’t even have the phrases to explain how grateful I’m!! Paul is such an excellent man and I’m fortunate to name him a buddy and I want him the most effective! So excited to take over and drive for one of the vital legendary groups in NASCAR subsequent yr! I’ve so many individuals to thank!!!! 🥳 https://t.co/qJy1kcpV10
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) September 10, 2019
Wooden Brothers Racing have a technical alliance with Staff Penske, so DiBenedetto is slated to go from one stable staff to a different.
DiBenedetto has competed within the Cup Sequence for the reason that 2015 season when he drove for BK Racing. He drove for BK Racing via the 2016 season earlier than touchdown a experience with Go Fas Racing, the place he stayed via the 2018 season earlier than changing Kasey Kahne at Leavine Household Racing after they shaped a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and switched producers from Chevrolet to Toyota.
DiBenedetto has competed in 166 races all through his Cup Sequence profession and recorded 10 high 10 finishes, of which three are high 5 finishes. He has recorded six of those high 10 finishes and all three of those high 5 finishes as the driving force of the #95 Toyota, and he has achieved so within the final 11 races after beginning the 2019 season with a high end of 12th place within the first 15 races.
At Bristol Motor Speedway, the place DiBenedetto completed in sixth place driving for BK Racing, his lone end of higher than 17th in 68 races for the staff, he practically secured the primary victory of his Cup Sequence profession in mid-August.
Main the race with solely a dozen laps to do, DiBenedetto obtained caught up behind lapped site visitors and ended up damaging his automobile, permitting Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin to shut in and take the lead earlier than happening to win. DiBenedetto completed in a career-high second place and would have secured his first profession playoff berth had he been capable of seal the deal.
DiBenedetto’s greatest end within the championship standings is 29th place, which he recorded within the 2018 season, however he’s slated to high that this season, as he sits in 22nd with solely 10 races remaining on the 36-race schedule.
By the primary 26 races of the 2019 season, DiBenedetto has led 143 of the 6,796 laps that he has accomplished and recorded a median beginning place of 21.zero and a median ending place of 19.2. All through his profession, he has led 166 of the 44,465 laps that he has accomplished and recorded a median beginning place of 29.5 and a median ending place of 27.four.
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After spending your entire 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence season combating for his experience, Matt DiBenedetto has lastly landed it with the affirmation that he’s slated to interchange Paul Menard behind the wheel of the #21 Ford at Wooden Brothers Racing for the 2020 season.