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Matt DiBenedetto out at Leavine Family Racing after one season

NASCAR America provides the latest news updates, including David Ragan stepping away from full-time racing and Matt DiBenedetto not returning to Leavine Family Racing.

After enjoying the best season of his NASCAR career, Matt DiBenedetto is on the hunt for a new ride again.

The Leavine Family Racing driver announced on social media Thursday morning that he will be leaving the team after the 2019 season.

Through 23 races of his fifth consecutive season in NASCAR’s premier series, DiBenedetto is a career-best 23rd in the points standings with the first two top-five finishes in Cup (fourth at Sonoma and fifth at New Hampshire). He has posted four top 10s in the past eight races, which is twice as many top 10s as he had in 140 starts over the past four seasons.

DiBenedetto was informed Tuesday of the team’s decision. He had been signed to drive the No. 95 Toyota last October in what originally was announced as a two-year deal after he left Go Fas Racing.

Leavine Family Racing said in a statement: “We have chosen to move in another direction for 2020. Matt has been an important part of our team this year, putting together strong runs. He’s a talented young driver and we look forward to closing out this season with him behind the wheel of the No. 95 Camry. We wish him nothing but the best in the future. We have no further announcements at this time.”

DiBenedetto is likely to be a candidate for Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 Ford, which is being vacated by the full-time retirement of David Ragan.