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.
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) August 15, 2019
“I got the devastating news that I will not be able to return to Leavine Family Racing next season,” DiBenedetto said in a statement. “Nonetheless, I can’t express how thankful I am for Bob, 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 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.
“I have every intention of driving my heart out the rest of the season to not only get more of these kinds of finishes, but to get them their first win,” DiBenedetto continued. “I would love to do that for them.
“Although this is a difficult time for me, nothing is going to stop me from winning in the NASCAR Cup Series.”
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.
I’m hopeful there is a team out there that will give me the chance to continue my dream and allow me to win for them. Thank you so much to all my fans for supporting me through this journey.”
Leavine Family Racing is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, an alliance that began this season with LFR switching manufacturers to Toyota.
— NASCAR.com contributed to this report.