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Leavine Family Racing out of Sonoma race

June 17, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

Leavine Family Racing out of Sonoma race
Sponsorship withdrawal will leave No. 95 Ford parked

Leavine Family Racing will not compete in this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway due to a lack of sponsorship.

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team had planned to compete at Sonoma and Watkins Glen road courses this season as part of a limited schedule with driver Scott Speed.

Team owner Bob Leavine said pending sponsorship “did not come through as agreed,” and as a result, the single-car organization would not make the cross-country trip.

“We went through great lengths to update our road-course car to the Generation-6 body style and to prepare for the first road course race of the season,” Leavine said. “We are disappointed we won’t be at Sonoma, especially since it is Scott Speed’s home track.”

Funding from the company, which Leavine declined to name, was to be for eight races in 2013.

Leavine said the team would return to the track next month for the July 6 event at Daytona International Speedway as originally scheduled.

“I can assure you we will be back at Daytona,” he said. “We are in the process of updating our schedule for the rest of the … season after this setback.”

Speed, from Manteca, Calif., has made eight attempts with the No. 95 Ford team this season, qualifying for seven races. His best result came at Talladega where he finished ninth.

Michael McDowell finished 14th in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, filling in for the team while Speed participated in the Global RallyCross X Games event in Brazil.