Matt DiBenedetto – No. 95 Barstool Sports Toyota Camry – Las Vegas 2 Preview

Matt DiBenedetto – No. 95 Barstool Sports Toyota Camry Preview
South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

No. 95 Barstool Sports Toyota Camry Notes:

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Las Vegas, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 29.8 and an average finish of 24.8 with his best finish of 21st coming in March’s event earlier this season.  He’s completed 1,327 of 1,340 (99.0 percent) career laps at the 1.5-mile track.

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DIBENEDETTO SIGNING APPEARANCE: DiBenedetto is scheduled sign autographs on Sunday, September 15th starting at 12:30pm PST for those who have wristbands.  Wristbands for the session may be obtained at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series merchandise hauler for the first 50 customers who purchase the new DiBenedetto and Barstool Sports t-shirt.  The merchandise trailer will open for the weekend starting at 10:00am PST on Friday, September 13th.

RACE INFO: The South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 15th. 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 Las Vegas:

Date                Event:                         S          F         Laps                 Status
03/06/16          Kobalt 400                   34        31        263/267            Running
03/12/17          Kobalt 400                   31        26        265/267            Running
03/04/18          Pennzoil 400               32        22        264/267            Running
09/16/18          South Point 400          26        24        269/272            Running
03/03/19          Pennzoil 400               26        21        266/267            Running

Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles
Cumulative         5            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
26               0                 3                 6                   0                 143                      21.0                 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
166                0                 3                6                   0                  166                      29.5                27.4

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Vegas and having Barstool Sports sponsoring us because I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a long time.  This is going to be a cool and fun partnership! It’s been awesome to see this deal take shape while bringing in a lot of interest and people into our sport.  So much has changed since the last time we raced at Las Vegas earlier this season.  We’ve learned where we need our Camry to be set up, how much speed we need in it versus downforce, and so many other things that will make us better at these 550 spec tracks.  We’ll look to apply what we’ve learned so far in the season and try to finish the best we can.  We’ve learned a lot since March, and we’ve been improving at the 550 tracks, so we’re hoping to perform better this weekend and we’re aiming for another top-10 finish.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “Las Vegas was the third race of this season, and since then, we’ve been through a lot of 550 spec tracks and have learned a various number of things that will pertain to this weekend.  Vegas has some rough spots on the track surface, which is something that we need to pay attention to, but it’s also a halfway banked track compared to other 1.5-mile tracks that we race at.  Obviously, we’ll focus on the balance of the car both in clean and dirty air, having appropriate speed by our self and also in traffic, as well as making our Camry perform well in all those aspects.  Vegas is one of those tracks where it is its own entity because of those rough spots on the surface, but platform control is also a huge aspect there.  Tire falloff isn’t as big of a deal at Vegas as it is at some other tracks that we go to.  It’s a whole different story that we’ll have to look at because pit strategy can come in where you can do the opposite and try to get track position.  Las Vegas has widened out in the past, which is a good thing for racing, but it’s also slated to be 100 degrees this weekend so that will make it quite a different animal than what we experienced there in the spring.  Vegas to me is somewhere between Kansas and Chicago if I’m looking for other tracks on the circuit to compare it to.”

No. 95 Barstool Sports Toyota 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: Bailey Walker                         Rear Changer: Deven Youker
Front Changer: Jason Charles         Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez            Pit Support: Brian Eastland

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