LFR Team Timeline


Christopher Bell joins Leavine Family Racing as a NASCAR Cup Series Rookie in 2020. Bell joins LFR after amassing 16 wins in 74 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. LFR will continue their relationship with Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Racing Development for the 2020 season.


Matt DiBenedetto guided LFR to its best statistical season in 2019. Through the help of new partnerships with Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Racing Development, LFR finished 22nd in final owners’ points. The team maintained an average finish on 18.3 and was high lighted by 3 Top 5 finishes and 7 Top 10 finishes.

  • Matt DiBenedetto joins Leavine Family Racing
  • Led most laps (49) in the Daytona 500
  • 4th place finish at Sonoma Raceway
  • Led most laps (93) and finished second at Bristol Motor Speedway


Veteran driver and Brickyard 400 Champion, Kasey Kahne, joined LFR for the season as the driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Kahne recorded 25 starts for LFR before a health issue sidelined the driver for the remainder of the season following the race at Darlington. Kahne earned one top-five and one top-ten finish as he completed 93.7% of his attempted laps and led for a total of 30 laps during his tenure in the No. 95. Regan Smith stepped in to pilot the No. 95 for the remaining 11 races of the season for Kahne. Smith helped the team remain on track as they went on to finish 27th in the owner point standings to close out the year.

  • Kahne joined LFR and competed in 25 regular season starts
  • The team earned a fourth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway
  • Kahne's best qualifying effort came at Watkins Glen International when he started from 10th
  • Dumont JETS and Thorne became primary sponsors at LFR aboard the No. 95 Camaro ZL1
  • Kahne earned an average finish of 22.8 in 25 starts while Smith earned an average finish of 23.0 in his 11 starts
  • Kahne's best finish for the season came at Daytona International Speedway in July (4th-place)
  • Smith's best finish for the season was 10th-place in October at Talladega Superspeedway


Michael McDowell ran his first full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with LFR and helped the team become a consistent Top-20 finishing team. During their best season together, LFR and McDowell recorded 15 Top-20’s, five Top-15’s as well as the team’s best-ever finish of fourth place at Daytona International Speedway. LFR also finished the 2017 season as the team that completed the most laps of any other in the series, finishing 98.7% of all laps.

  • McDowell’s first full season with LFR
  • Best-team finish of fourth place at Daytona International Speedway
  • Qualified 11th at Pocono Raceway
  • Procore Technologies partners with LFR for the first time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Most laps completed of any other team
  • Average finish of 22.2


2016 was the year the team raised the bar to become a competitive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team. Partnered with Circle Sport to create Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing. Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon split their time in the No. 95 Chevrolet SS for CS-LFR and ran two entries in both the season opener and season finale in 2016 for the team. The team finished their first full season with 21 Top-25’s, 10 Top-20’s and two Top-10 finishes.

  • First full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season
  • Michael McDowell raced his way into the Daytona 500
  • McDowell ran a total of 30 races, while Ty Dillon ran the remaining six
  • McDowell placed 10th at Daytona
  • McDowell placed 10th in season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway


  • Raced into Daytona 500 as a part time team
  • Competed in 16 races during the season with Michael McDowell
  • Top finishes included 20th at Watkins Glen International and 22nd at Bristol Motor Speedway


  • McDowell joins the race team
  • Competed in 19 races during the season
  • Top finishes for McDowell and team included 7th at the July Daytona race and 18th at Bristol Motor Speedway


  • Raced in its first-ever Daytona 500
  • Scott Speed competed in 6 races while Reed Sorenson competed in 12
  • Speed placed 9th at Talladega Superspeedway


  • Scott Speed competed in 15 races for Leavine Family Racing
  • Speed placed 17th at Watkins Glen International
  • Speed placed 25th at Sonoma Raceway


  • Competed in 4 races during their inaugural season with driver David Starr
  • First race was at their hometown track of Texas Motor Speedway
  • Starr placed 27th at Bristol Motor Speedway