Paul Menard will finish his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series profession at season’s finish, and Matt DiBenedetto will assume driving duties of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford Mustang for the 2020 season.
Menard piloted the Wood Brother’s single-car entry for the final two seasons and has raced at NASCAR’s high degree since 2007. His lone sequence win got here at the 2011 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and likewise has two poles amongst his 461 begins.
His resolution weighed closely on wanting to spend extra time together with his household.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career racing in the NASCAR Cup Series and I’m so thankful for all the great memories and friendships I’ve made through this sport,” Menard stated. “But I’m looking forward to spending more time at home with my wife Jennifer and our two young children while moving forward with the next chapter of my life.
“I would like to thank everybody at Wood Brothers Racing, together with Team Penske, and our companions at Menards, Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers and Ford. It’s been a privilege to work with them and a number 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 Wood. 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.
“We want to thank Paul Menard for his dedication to the team over the last two seasons,” stated group president and co-owner Eddie Wood. “We’re looking forward to a strong finish to 2019 and we wish him nothing but the best for the future.
“All of us at Wood Brothers Racing are excited to welcome Matt DiBenedetto to the group starting subsequent season,” Wood added. “Matt has proven quite a lot of promise on observe and everybody has seen it in his outcomes this season, particularly over the previous a number of months.”
Menard’s departure results in a fortuitous opportunity for Matt DiBenedetto. The Grass Valley, California native was informed in August that Leavine Family Racing wouldn’t retain him for 2020.
He turned some impressive results in 2019 including a near win the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol after leading 93 circuits and an eventual second-place finish. Also among the highlights are six top tens over the summer as will as leading 49 laps in the Daytona 500 before crashing late in the going.
“I’m so enthusiastic about this chance to race for one of the profitable groups in NASCAR historical past starting in 2020,” said DiBenedetto.
“The No. 21 Ford is without doubt one of the most completed and iconic vehicles in our sport and it is going to be an honor to be part of Wood Brothers Racing and assist keep on the group’s custom of success in NASCAR. I would like to thank Eddie and Len Wood, Kim Wood Hall, Menards, Edsel Ford and Ford Motor Company for this chance.”