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Matt DiBenedetto Joins Leavine Family Racing

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When Matt DiBenedetto announced he was leaving Go Fas Racing at season’s end, he said it was to align himself for a better opportunity. That has now come virtue of Leavine Family Racing, as he will drive the No. 95 in 2019.

In addition to bringing a new driver on board, the team will also switch manufactures, going from Chevrolet to fielding Toyota Camrys.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Matt (DiBenedetto) to our organization,” said Bob Leavine, Owner of Leavine Family Racing. “We feel that he’s going to be a great addition to the team with his great personality and experience on track within the series. It’s a tremendous feeling to know that we’re also able to announce our alignment with JGR and TRD for next season as well. Obviously, they’re both first-class organizations and proven winners, so for us to be able to align with them is a huge step for our organization. I’m excited as we continue to work ahead for 2019 thanks to getting Matt as our driver and Toyota as our manufacturer.”

Leavine Family Racing becomes the second Toyota-backed confirmed team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for next year alongside Joe Gibbs Racing. The two companies have also now entered a technical alliance together.

“Toyota welcomes LFR to our racing family and we look forward to seeing the No. 95 Camry on track in the 2019 MENCS season,” said Laura Pierce, General Manager for Motorsports, TMNA. “They are a talented and well-run organization with the commitment to improve their competitiveness in this sport. The addition of a driver like Matt DiBenedetto and his enthusiasm and dedication to excelling on the race track will certainly make a positive impact on the team.”

DiBenedetto is in the midst of his fourth season of Cup Series racing, with a series-best finish of sixth-place at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016. To date, he has scored four career top-10 finishes. 

“I can only begin to explain how fortunate I am to be joining LFR,” said Matt DiBenedetto. “The thought of being reunited with Toyota and the folks at TRD is just unbelievable for me and my family. This is the biggest opportunity of my life and it’s a dream come true to be a part of a team that continues to elevate their program at the highest level of NASCAR. No words can describe my gratitude to everyone who believes in me. I’ve had to fight so hard, the old school way, to get here and that will always make me appreciate this amazing opportunity. When I got the phone call from Bob (Leavine) and Jeremy (Lange, LFR General Manager) I was speechless. My wife and I both had tears of joy and it was a very emotional moment that we will always cherish. I look forward to making everyone proud next year, working day and night with my team to show people what we are made of.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.