Paul Menard retiring, Matt DiBenedetto taking over No. 21 seat

Paul Menard will retire at the conclusion of the 2019 season paving the way for Matt DiBenedetto to take over the seat of the famed No. 21 Ford of Wood Brothers Racing.

Menard has made over 460 starts at the Cup level and joined the Wood Brothers for the 2018 season. He claimed a win in the 2011 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“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. 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,” Menard said. ” … 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.”

DiBenedetto was appreciative of Menard on Tuesday thanking him on Twitter.

I don’t even have the words to describe how thankful I am!! Paul is such a great guy and I’m lucky to call him a friend and I wish him the best! So excited to take over and drive for one of the most legendary teams in NASCAR next year! I have so many people to thank!!!!