DiBenedetto Looks To The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Matt DiBenedetto


No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Notes:

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·       DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 32.0 and an average finish of 30.4.  He’s completed 2,273 of 2,341 (97.1 percent) career laps at the Fort Worth, Texas track.

·       BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Leavine Family Racing returns to the state where it all began for this organization, and a track we consider our original “home track” on the circuit.  The single-car team was founded in 2011 by Tyler, Texas residents Bob and Sharon Leavine, two individuals who were passionate about NASCAR and started the team to make a positive impact on the sport and community.

·       PROCORE HELPS KEEP DALLAS BOOMING: Everything is bigger in Texas. That includes our sponsor, Procore’s, impact on the construction industry. Did you know that in the past year, Procore construction software was used on more than 3,400 construction projects in the Dallas–Fort Worth area? That’s a lot of building! And as of today, there are approximately 100 Procore clients currently working across more than 1,600 active construction projects in the Dallas–Fort Worth region.

·       RACE INFO: The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 31st. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Texas:

Date                Event                                      S          F         Laps                Status

04/11/15          Duck Commander 500           42        34        330/334            Running

11/08/15          AAA Texas 500                       38        35        328/334            Running

04/09/16          Duck Commander 500           29        34        327/334            Running

04/09/17          O’Reilly Auto Parts 500          26        31        327/334            Running

11/05/17          AAA Texas 500                       28        25        332/334            Running

04/08/18          O’Reilly Auto Parts 500          30        16        329/334            Running

11/04/18          AAA Texas 500                       31        38        300/327            Crash

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Texas:

                        Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative         7            0             0               0               0

DiBenedetto’s 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts         Wins        Top-5’s     Top-10’s       Poles          Laps Led        Avg. Start       Avg. Finish

    6                0                 0                0                  0                    49                 20.8                 28.7

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts         Wins        Top-5’s     Top-10’s         Poles        Laps Led        Avg. Start       Avg. Finish

146                0                  0                4                    0                  72                30.87              28.7

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Texas is obviously a big race weekend for our team with it being Bob and Sharon Leavine’s home state.  They always have a lot of guests on hand for these Texas race weekends, and we always want to perform well and have a good day for everyone there supporting us.  Looking ahead to this weekend, the challenges of Texas are going to be the unknowns of going there with the new rules package.  The track is typically fast and has a lot of grip, and especially with all the added downforce this year, we’ll have a ton of more grip than before for this weekend.  We’ll also be wide open and in the gas there a lot this weekend I think with this package.  The challenges for Texas will be qualifying and trying to figure out the right strategy there since this year those sessions are all about finding the right draft and being able to position yourself just right to get the best times.  Track position will be so important at Texas, like it’s been for so many of these weekends already this season due to how this package handles in ‘dirty air’ during race conditions.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “Texas will most likely be the hardest track we’ve been to this season to make passes on with the new package.  The new pavement makes the track have a lot of grip, but generally, the track there only has one real racing groove.  Equally, the heavy banking in Turn 3 and Turn 4 should allow drivers to be wide open on the throttle there, but everyone will be having to lift for the flatter Turn 1 and 2 corners, so passing areas on-track will be limited. Generally, we’ll make sure we can get our Procore Camry handling the best we can in Turns 1 and 2 while still being wide open in Turns 3 and 4. A lot of pit strategy will also come into play this weekend in order to keep or gain track position over the course of the day.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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