DiBenedetto Points Towards Michigan

Matt DiBenedetto

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Camry Notes:

·       DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 31.6, an average finish of 30.0, and he’s completed 1,645 of 1,676 (98.2 percent) career laps at the 2.0-mile track in Brooklyn, Michigan.  DiBenedetto’s best finish at the track is 21st which he achieved in June’s event earlier this season. 

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·       RACE INFO: The Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 11th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, 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

06/10/19          FireKeepers Casino 400         29        21        203/203            Running

                        Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative         9            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

   22               0                 2                4                   0                  50                       21.2                 20.5

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

162                0                 2                8                   0                  73                       29.8                27.8

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I think that we’ve had a bit more speed lately at tracks that were our weakness starting off the year, so I this this weekend going back to Michigan will be a good test for us since I feel that Michigan was our weakest track when we raced there a few months ago.  The challenges that we faced there in June were speed in general as well as the aero balance of the car.  I held it wide-open, and unfortunately, we just didn’t have the speed to be able to catch up.  In traffic at Michigan, it’s really hard to pass and that’s what makes it a tough track for us since I’m not controlling a lot in our Camry like I am at the tracks that we’ve run better at lately.  This weekend we’ll be dependent on the speed of our car and our track position.  I think that for the stability of the car, everything’s about aero, especially with high downforce since it’s super sensitive to that.  Trying to get the aero balance of the car to feel right and make it feel stable is something that we’ve been working on learning and will be important this coming weekend.  The speed of our Camry and how much we need to have it as trimmed out as possible in order to go faster will be another focus.  When you trim a car out, the worse they handle technically, so finding that balance of speed versus handling will be important.  You need to have a lot of speed in your car at Michigan to try and get the spoiler out of the air since it’s all about aero.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “I would say that going back to Michigan this weekend, it is nice to return to a track that you have notes from even if your performance wasn’t that great.  You can still learn a lot from that race as well as races after to be better for the next event, which is what is hopefully the case for Michigan this weekend.  Michigan is still a very fast and flat track, and while you can be pretty much wide open by yourself, once you get into traffic it becomes a much bigger challenge.  We haven’t learned enough yet to really correct everything that we want to at this point.  Hopefully with the gains we’ve made with the 550 spec package, we can perform better than we did in June, but keeping track position, qualifying well and executing all day will be the keys to finishing up front.  The 750 spec package is quite a bit different than the 550 spec package, so a lot of our good runs with the 750 package don’t apply to tracks like Michigan.  There’s no doubt that going to Pocono twice, we had learned more and performed better, but we still face some uphill challenges that we don’t have all the answers for yet.”

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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