DiBenedetto Richmond News And Notes

Matt DiBenedetto

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  • DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Richmond, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 29.1, an average finish of 30.3 and he’s completed 3,526 of 3,613 (97.6 percent) career laps at the 0.75-mile Virginia track.
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  • RACE INFO: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway (0.75-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 21st. 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 Richmond:

Date                Event:                                       S       F       Laps         Status

04/26/15    Toyota Owners 400                        37     37     394/400     Running

09/12/15    Federated Auto Parts 400              33     36     390/400     Running

04/24/16    Toyota Owners 400                        36     30     399/400     Running

09/10/16    Federated Auto Parts 400              25     37     352/407     Crash

04/30/17    Toyota Owners 400                        32     28     400/400     Running

09/09/17    Federated Auto Parts 400              25     31     400/404     Running

04/21/18    Toyota Owners 400                        27     16     402/402     Running

09/22/18    Federated Auto Parts 400              27     34     391/400     Running

04/13/19    Toyota Owners 400                        20     24     398/400     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

   27              0               3                6              0              152                 21.1              19.2

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

167               0               3              10               0             175                 29.5              27.4

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Looking ahead to this weekend at Richmond, it’s a track that is more of a strong suit for us as a team since it is a short track.  I enjoy the fact that this weekend at Richmond drivers will need to lay off the gas, use the brake pedal, and that we slide around a bit more than other tracks.  When we raced there earlier in the season, we learned that track position meant more there than it has in the past, so driving through the field was more challenging than before.  Even though it’s a short track, we’re very grip-limited in the corner at Richmond, so dirty air was a big deal in the spring race.  It made for a challenging day if you happened to have any problems during the race where you would’ve gotten stuck back in the field.  Richmond is a better type of track for us than the 1.5-mile ones since we’ve typically been faster at the short tracks so far this year.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “Richmond is as challenging of a short track as Loudon and Phoenix since each one of those tracks has their own unique characteristics.  Even though it’s one of the smaller tracks, the aero contribution Richmond has because of the speed versus banking combined with the tire combination, is definitely a challenge.  Richmond is only slightly bigger than Martinsville, but it reacts more like an intermediate track.  Tire falloff can be substantial at Richmond and that can make for good racing, however, there’s not many multiple grooves that are really preferred so you can find it difficult to pass.  Everyone has improved their packages since the spring race as it was one of the earlier short track races of the season.  Practice was also cut short when we raced there in the spring due to rain and we found that if you were off to start, you generally didn’t get enough time on track to be able to catch back up which happened to our group.  So hopefully some of the stuff we’ve learned through the summer with our success at Loudon we can apply this weekend at Richmond to hopefully be a few steps better.”

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

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