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Frontstretch Podcast: Bob Leavine Hopes to Run Second Car ‘One of These Days’

In a special edition of the Frontstretch PodcastDustin Albino chats with Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing about the state of his team.

Leavine says his driver Matt DiBenedetto has been bitten by bad luck this season, but the No. 95 has shown improvement in speed since joining Toyota. He says the alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, and running under the Toyota banner has been “great.”

Leavine also discusses the day that Kasey Kahne announced his retirement at Bristol Motor Speedway last August, and DiBenedetto approached him to drive the No. 95 car. Leavine and Kahne remain in contact to this day.

On 2020: “I’d like to have a second car one of these days. [There’s] a lot of things that is required to do that, obviously sponsorship money, because we aren’t totally sponsored this year for the [No.] 95 but we’re handling it within ourselves. It’s hard to plan on another car when you can’t do that.”

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Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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Sounds like he/Gibbs are setting up something for Bell for a season…

John Irby

Bob is a really good follow on Twitter. He is humble, insightful and informative. It sure beats reading those PR-written Tweets from the big teams.

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