The wait is over for Wood Brothers driver Matt DiBenedetto!

The driver of the Wood Brothers number 21 car will return next season after signing a contract extension.  Wood Brothers Racing is DiBenedetto’s fourth team since moving to the Cup Series in 2014.  He previously drove for Leavine Family Racing, Go Fas Racing, and BK Racing.

DiBenedetto has finished second in two races this year, just missing out on giving Wood Brothers their 100th Cup Series win.

DiBenedetto spoke via a statement on his return to Wood Brothers saying, “it’s such an honor to be able to continue to drive for Wood Brothers Racing and have another year to grow with this organization.  I am excited to learn from our 2020 notebook and I’m confident that with a full season under our belt and working together as a team, we will produce even better results.”

In other Silly Season news, Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric has also signed an extension with Penske Racing that will keep him driving the number 22 car in the Xfinity Series next season and moving into the Cup Series in 2022.

Winning five races this season, there has been some question as to whether Cindric would remain in the Xfinity Series next season or move up to the Cup Series.  With his multiyear contract extension, that question has now been answered. 

Cindric will make a limited number of starts in the Cup Series next season as he works toward a full time ride in the Next Generation car and racing for the Rookie of the Year in 2022.

Cindric said in a team release, “every race car driver wants to advance in his career, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than on a clear path with Team Penske that will eventually lead to a full-time opportunity in the NASCAR Cup Series. I’m really excited for this next chapter in my development to continue working towards competing and trying to win at the highest level. Another season of experience in the Xfinity Series will be beneficial and I’m looking forward to competing in some Cup Series races in 2021 to prepare for a full season in 2022.”