Matt DiBenedetto Previews Michigan

Matt DiBenedetto

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·       DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 31.9, an average finish of 31.1, and he’s completed 1,442 of 1,473 (97.9 percent) career laps at the 2.0-mile track in Brooklyn, Michigan.

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·       RACE INFO: The FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 9th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

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

Date                Event:                                     S          F         Laps                 Status

06/14/15          Quicken Loans 400                 43        39        136/138            Running

08/16/15          Pure Michigan 400                  32        30        197/200            Running

06/12/16          FireKeepers Casino 400         31        34        185/200            Crash

08/28/16          Pure Michigan 400                  34        32        195/200            Running

06/18/17          FireKeepers Casino 400         28        28        199/200            Running

08/13/17          Pure Michigan 400                  27        26        200/202            Running

06/10/18          FireKeepers Casino 400         30        36        131/133            Running

08/12/18          Consumers Energy 400          30        24        199/200            Running

                        Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative         8            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

   14               0                 0                 0                   0                  50               21.7                 24.7

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

154                0                 0               4                    0                  73                  30.3                 28.5

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I think that Michigan is going to be its own deal since I can’t really think of anywhere truly comparable to it that we’ve raced at so far this year.  I think that qualifying will have us completely wide open with the pedal to the floor, so it will be up to the teams to see what they can do to find whatever advantages they can for qualifying.  Your car will still need to be set-up more for the race in race trim though since qualifying is an impound session.  Before this package at Michigan, we needed a good-handling car in order to be able to sail it off into the corner at over 200 m.p.h., so you worked on making sure that you had the most security in your car and getting the handling good enough to carry a bunch of speed, but we were also out of the gas before.  Now this weekend, I think we’re going to be wide-open and it’s going to be figuring out the mix of speed that you need in your car as well as the right handling mix.  The more speed you typically put in your car is when you sacrifice handling, as far as just straightaway speed.  We’ll work and figure out during practice where the balance is.  Most places you still focus on the handling, but Michigan is so big that we don’t know if it’s going to be mix of superspeedway racing and mile-and-a-half racing together in a weird blend that we’ve never seen.  Michigan has widened out enough where we should be able to find some clean air.  That’s been a challenge at the single-lane tracks is that we can’t pass because we can’t find the clean air. Michigan isn’t as widened out as Kansas but it’s enough where we should be able to find some lanes to be able to get some decent handling in the corner and then be able to get that draft on the straightaway.  I just don’t know how the racing will be this weekend since Michigan is big and fast, we’ll see how it all goes once we get there.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “Michigan this weekend might look more like Kansas and Fontana.  As far as the racing this weekend, hopefully the track will widen out enough to where you can have multiple grooves to pass, but in recent years, Michigan has been a one-groove track that’s been hard to pass and that’s been one of the harder challenges of it.  If the track widens out pretty well, then I think we’ll see a race similar to Kansas and California.  Tire falloff at Michigan is generally low, so strategy-wise, staying out on tires, taking rights or taking lefts, and keeping track position is easier to do there compared to other tracks that have greater tire falloff.  The biggest question going into this weekend will be how wide will the track get and how many passing lanes will we see this weekend?  The races at Kansas and Charlotte were good because guys were able to run multiple lanes in order to go fast.  Pocono ended up being a very single-lane track and that’s why it was really difficult to pass and make anything happen to get out of the dirty air.  If Michigan can widen out enough, it could be a race that has more passing in it.  Otherwise, with low tire falloff and the speeds that we’re at right now, it might be a difficult track to pass at if we don’t have enough space.”

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Camry Team:

Driver: Matt DiBenedetto                   Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler

Car Chief: Greg Emmer                     Spotter: Doug Campbell

Engineer: J.R. Houston                     Engineer: Etienne Cliche

Mechanic: Bill Mares                         Mechanic: Matt Kimball

Shock Specialist: Sean Studer         Mechanic: Zach Marquardt

Tire Specialist: Tony Ramirez          Jackman: Charles Thacker

Fueler: Brian Eastland                       Rear Changer: Deven Youker

Front Changer: Adam Hartman        Tire Carrier: Chris Hall

Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez


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