LEAVINE FAMILY RACING TEAM

Matt DiBenedetto
  • Born: July 27, 1991
  • Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
  • Residence: Hickory, NC
Matt DiBenedetto 2019 brings exciting changes to Leavine Family Racing with the addition of a new manufacturer in Toyota, as well as a new talent behind the wheel of the No. 95 in Matt DiBenedetto.

DiBenedetto enters his fifth season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as he returns to racing with the manufacturer he started his NASCAR career with, as he’ll once again be driving a Toyota. DiBenedetto got his first opportunity racing in NASCAR when he was tapped to be a developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009 where he made seven starts for the organization in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series as well as one XFINITY Series start in October of that year at Memphis.

DiBenedetto continued to gain experience cutting his teeth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series until he earned a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seat at BK Racing as the driver of the No. 83 Toyota Camry in 2015. His rookie season at NASCAR’s top tier found him making 33 starts as he completed 97.2% of his attempted laps. His best run that rookie year was an 18th-place finish at Talladega in May. DiBenedetto spent his sophomore season in the series with BK Racing as he continued to learn and show improvement in the sport’s elite level. He earned the attention of many in the sport after a hard-fought sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in that April’s Food City 500 event. At a track that can be incredibly challenging to advance through the field, DiBenedetto drove his way from 30th up to sixth and helped showcase why he had earned himself a seat in the series.

Following the 2016 season, DiBenedetto moved over to Go FAS Racing as the driver of the No. 32 in 2017 as he continued to learn and hone his skills. 2017 found him earning two top-ten runs with a ninth-place finish in the Daytona 500, as well as an eighth-place finish at the historic Brickyard of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 2018 once again had DiBenedetto piloting the No. 32 as he added another top-10 finish to his resume with a seventh-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in July.

2019 will see DiBenedetto once again change teams, but this time he’s reunited with Toyota Racing as Leavine Family Racing will transition to running Toyota Camrys for the season. 2019 marks DiBenedetto’s fifth year competing in NASCAR’s top series.

As an active participant and fan of the benefits of social media, DiBenedetto takes a lot of pride in his interaction with fans. He is actively involved in posting videos several times a week on Facebook, as well as interacting daily with the sport’s fans on Twitter and Instagram. DiBenedetto also regularly posts to the NASCAR Reddit page, and even drove a Reddit paint scheme in the 2017 and 2018 All-Star Showdown events.

DiBenedetto is an avid participant in Crossfit and enjoys working out in his free time. He is also a car enthusiast who modifies street cars to create unique and custom vehicles. DiBenedetto lives in Hickory, North Carolina with his wife Taylor along with their dog Brian. One of four children, DiBenedetto has two sisters, as well as a brother, Austin, who serves in the U.S. Air Force.

DiBenedetto Career Highlights:
- Two top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (2010)
- Sixth-place finish – Bristol (2016)
- Eighth-place finish – Brickyard 400 (2017)
- Ninth-place finish – Daytona 500 (2017)
- Seventh-place finish – Daytona (July 2018)