Menard to retire, DiBenedetto lands Woods Brothers seat
Paul Menard is out and Matt DiBenedetto is transferring 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 can be persevering with with the workforce 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 by way of this sport,” stated Menard. “However I’m wanting ahead to spending extra time at house with my spouse Jennifer and our two younger youngsters whereas transferring ahead with the following chapter of my life.
“I wish 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 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 Wooden. I’m excited for what the longer term 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 collection win, the 2011 Brickyard 400, and 69 top-10 finishes.
“We wish to thank Paul Menard for his dedication to the workforce during the last two seasons,” stated workforce 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 longer term. All of us at Wooden Brothers Racing are excited to welcome Matt DiBenedetto to the workforce starting subsequent season. Matt has proven lots of promise on monitor and everybody has seen it in his outcomes this season, particularly over the previous a number of months. We wish 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 scorching foolish season matter after he revealed that he wouldn’t be returning with Leavine Household Racing subsequent season. Over the summer time 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 one of the profitable groups in NASCAR historical past starting in 2020,” stated DiBenedetto.
“The No. 21 Ford is likely one of the most achieved and iconic vehicles in our sport and it will likely be an honor to affix Wooden Brothers Racing and assist keep it up the workforce’s custom of success in NASCAR. I wish to thank Eddie and Len Wooden, Kim Wooden Corridor, Menards, Edsel Ford and Ford Motor Firm for this chance.”