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

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