Menard to retire, DiBenedetto lands Woods Brothers seat
Paul Menard is out and Matt DiBenedetto is shifting in at Wooden Brothers Racing.
Menard, 39, introduced on Tuesday that he’s retiring from full-time NASCAR competitors after this season. Menard has pushed for the Wooden Brothers for 2 years, and indicated at Kentucky Speedway final month he could be persevering with with the group as a result of he had a contract for 2020.
“I’ve loved each second of my profession racing within the NASCAR Cup Sequence and I’m so grateful for all the good reminiscences and friendships I’ve made via this sport,” stated Menard. “However I’m wanting ahead to spending extra time at house with my spouse Jennifer and our two younger kids whereas shifting ahead with the following chapter of my life.
Menard advised Wooden Brothers to signal DiBenedetto
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“I need to thank everybody at Wooden Brothers Racing, together with Group Penske, and our companions. It’s been a privilege to work with them and a few of the true legends of our sport, together with Andy Petree, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Robert Yates, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Roger Penske and Glen and Leonard Wooden. I’m excited for what the long run holds and I’m wanting ahead to sharing the plans for 2020 and past within the coming weeks.”
Menard has made 461 Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence begins, together with his debut occurring within the 2003 Watkins Glen race. He has one sequence win, the 2011 Brickyard 400, and 69 top-10 finishes.
“We need to thank Paul Menard for his dedication to the group during the last two seasons,” stated group President and Co-Proprietor Eddie Wooden.
“We’re wanting ahead to a robust end to 2019 and we want him nothing however the perfect for the long run. All of us at Wooden Brothers Racing are excited to welcome Matt DiBenedetto to the group starting subsequent season. Matt has proven a whole lot of promise on monitor and everybody has seen it in his outcomes this season, particularly over the previous a number of months. We need to proceed to construct on that success collectively as we gear up for 2020 and the way forward for Wooden Brothers Racing.”
The way forward for DiBenedetto, 28, has been a sizzling foolish season subject after he revealed that he wouldn’t be returning with Leavine Household Racing subsequent season. Over the summer season DiBenedetto has shined with six top-10 finishes, together with difficult for his first profession win at Bristol when he led 93 laps. DiBenedetto additionally opened the season on a excessive word by main 49 laps within the Daytona 500.
“I’m so enthusiastic about this chance to race for some of the profitable groups in NASCAR historical past starting in 2020,” stated DiBenedetto.
“The No. 21 Ford is likely one of the most completed and iconic automobiles in our sport and it will likely be an honor to affix Wooden Brothers Racing and assist stick with it the group’s custom of success in NASCAR. I need to thank Eddie and Len Wooden, Kim Wooden Corridor, Menards, Edsel Ford and Ford Motor Firm for this chance.”