Matt DiBenedetto revealed Thursday on social media that he will not return to Leavine Family Racing for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
This is DiBenedetto’s fifth full-time season in the Monster Energy Series, but his first with LFR. The Grass Valley, California, native had 163 Monster Energy Series starts at the time of his announcement.
Four of DiBenedetto’s eight career top-10 finishes have come this season with LFR, including his only two top-five finishes in NASCAR’s premier series. The top fives came at Sonoma Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Plus, he finished sixth at Watkins Glen International earlier this month.
Leavine Family Racing is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, an alliance that began this season with LFR switching manufacturers to Toyota.
It would appear that, with the alliance LFR has with Joe Gibbs Racing, the fact that JGR has nowhere to put their phenom NXS driver, Christopher Bell, plus the fact that Bell is a driver that Toyota wants so desperately wants to get to the Cup level next year. It was inevitable that Matti D was exposed and the odd man out!
Maybe he might be the driver that Front Row Motorsports is looking for to fill the vacancy created by David Ragan’s announced retirement.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!