ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Team owner Bob Leavine made an unpopular decision when he decided to remove driver Matt DiBenedetto from his Cup Series lineup for next season.
The man likely to replace DiBenedetto — Christopher Bell — gave Leavine strong backing on the track Saturday.
The 24-year-old Bell won the Xfinity Series race at Road America, his series-leading sixth win in a season that’s shown he’s ready for a Cup Series test, something likely to come next year with Leavine Racing.
After Saturday’s win, Bell politely sidestepped a question about whether he was motivated to prove himself to fans.
“My biggest motivation, and that’s kind of been the story of my career