Matt DiBenedetto – No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry – Bristol 2 Preview

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Camry Notes:

·       DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Bristol, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 28.0, an average finish of 19.7, and he’s completed 4,488 of 4,511 (99.5 percent) career laps at the half-mile high-banked track, making it one of his best tracks on the circuit.

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·       RACE INFO: The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 17th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

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

Date                Event:                                                             S          F         Laps            Status
04/19/15          Food City 500                                                 22        21        508/511        Running
08/22/15          Irwin Tools Night Race                                   42        33         493/500       Running
04/17/16          Food City 500                                                 30        6          500/500       Running
08/21/16          Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race                  18        17        500/500        Running
04/24/17          Food City 500                                                 32        19        498/500        Running
08/19/17          Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race                  34        26        496/500        Running
04/16/18          Food City 500                                                 24        21       497/500        Running
08/18/18          Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race                  29        22        496/500        Running
04/07/19          Food City 500                                                 21        12       500/500        Running

Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles
Cumulative         9            0              0              1                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
23               0                 2                 4                    0                50                     21.4                 20.4

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:
Starts         Wins        Top-5’s     Top-10’s         Poles        Laps Led          Avg. Start       Avg. Finish
163                0                 2                8                    0                 73                     29.7                 27.7

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I like all short tracks, so of course I’m looking forward to getting to Bristol this weekend.  Bristol has always been one of my favorite tracks to go to because it’s such a fast and fun high-banked track where you really need to be up on the wheel all day hustling the car.  All the work that you have to do inside of the car throughout the race at Bristol makes it a place that really fits my style of driving.  The cars have gotten so fast around Bristol lately that it’s not quite as much of the bumping, routing, and gouging each other that we used to see there because we’re now driving on the razor’s edge, and if that stuff happened, it would be so much easier to crash or get crashed.  When we raced at Bristol earlier this season, we had the most green-flag passes and we really didn’t touch anybody all day since you just can run a different line than the person in front of you in order to try and get by.  My expectation this weekend is to win the race.  When we go to a 1.5-mile or two-mile track I feel like sometimes we’re just hoping for a top-15 finish, but coming to a place like Bristol this weekend we’re really shooting for a top-five run since those goals and expectations of mine are different depending upon the track.  We as a team can make a bigger impact at some tracks versus others where it’s not just car speed, but it’s car handling and drivers working their guts out inside of the cars.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “I’m looking forward to going back to Bristol this weekend.  Obviously, we have some good notes for there from the spring race and it was one of our better early season performances of the year.  Hopefully with everything we learned in that first race, as well as everything we’ve learned over the course of the season, we can perform even better this weekend.  Since they applied the PJ1 there to make it two different lanes, it definitely made it better for passing and multiple grooves.  There are still basically only two main grooves and not three or four.  Saying that, passing is somewhat difficult, but when you do have a better car, it is very possible to make up a lot of spots.  A challenge of Bristol is that the track is ever-changing and as the rubber gets laid down, the PJ1 picks up, and as the temperatures change, it seems like you might have a good balance at one point during practice in the morning, but by the end of practice, it’s definitely different.  One of the battles you face there is trying to understand how the track is going to change over the course of the weekend.  The night race is a change from the spring race at Bristol, but obviously we’ve learned a lot over the season thus far so that makes things change as well, but ultimately your race notes from the first Bristol race should still apply to this night race.  A lot of what we go through on a normal weekend will still apply, even though it is a night race compared to a day race.”

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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