Menard to retire from full-time Cup ride after 2019 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Paul Menard announced on Tuesday he will be retiring from the sport on a full-time basis. This will be his final full-time season.

Matt DiBenedetto will replace Menard in the iconic No. 21 ride in 2020. DiBenedetto will depart Leavine Family Racing in the off-season.

“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 said. “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 want to thank everyone at Wood Brothers Racing, along with Team Penske, and our partners at Menards, Motorcraft, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers and Ford. It’s been a privilege to work with them and some of the true legends of our sport, including Andy Petree, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Robert Yates, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Roger Penske and Glen and Leonard Wood.

“I’m excited for what the future holds and I’m looking forward to sharing the plans for 2020 and beyond in the coming weeks.”

Menard has driven for the Wood Brothers Racing team the last two seasons. He has been competing in NASCAR for 16 years.

At this time, he has one career win in 461 Cup races. He won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31st, 2011 in Speedway, Indiana.

DiBenedetto is in his fifth NASCAR season.

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