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Bristol Preview - No. 95 LFR eNASCAR Heat Pro League Toyota Camry
Apr 2, 2019

No. 95 LFR eNASCAR Heat Pro League Toyota Camry Notes

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Bristol, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 28.9, an average finish of 20.6, and he’s completed 3,988 of 4,011 (99.4 percent) career laps at the half-mile high-banked track, making it one of his best tracks on the circuit.

eNASCAR HEAT PRO LEAGUE: The eNASCAR Heat Pro League enters its inaugural season in 2019 following collaborative efforts from NASCAR, 704Games and the Race Team Alliance. The newly-formed esports league will feature up to 16 race teams and 32 drivers, each owned and operated by prominent NASCAR teams.  Leavine Family Racing is one of the organizations participating in the league and will field two drivers, Nicholas Vroman who will be competing on Xbox One and Josh Harbin who will be competing on Playstation 4 and both drivers’ gamer tags will be featured on the No. 95 Toyota this weekend at Bristol.  For more information on the eNASCAR Heat Pro League visit eNASCARHeatProLeague.com.

RACE INFO: The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7th. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

4/19/2015

Event

Food City 500

Start

22

Finish

21

Laps

508 / 511

Status

Running

Date

8/22/2015

Event

Irwin Tools Night Race

Start

42

Finish

33

Laps

493 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/17/2016

Event

Food City 500

Start

30

Finish

6

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

Date

8/21/2016

Event

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Start

18

Finish

17

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/24/2017

Event

Food City 500

Start

32

Finish

19

Laps

498 / 500

Status

Running

Date

8/19/2017

Event

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Start

34

Finish

26

Laps

496 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/16/2018

Event

Food City 500

Start

24

Finish

21

Laps

497 / 500

Status

Running

Date

8/18/2018

Event

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Start

29

Finish

22

Laps

496 / 500

Status

Running

 

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

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

8

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

1

Poles

0

 

DiBenedetto’s 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

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

Starts

7

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

49

Avg. Start

21.6

Avg. Finish

23.9

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

147

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

4

Poles

0

Laps Led

72

Avg. Start

30.8

Avg. Finish

28.7

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I think that Bristol is one of my best tracks on the circuit because it’s a fast, short track and the high banks seems to even the playing field a bit in my opinion compared to other tracks we visit.  Bristol has always been a place that I seem to always know what I need as far as a feel in the race car so that it will be good in the race.  I think every driver has their place, and Bristol has become one of those places for me.  Looking ahead to this weekend at Bristol with this new package, I anticipate my body to hurt after the race because we’re going to be going so fast.  With having the larger spoiler on the back of our Camry, we’ll have a tremendous amount of downforce this weekend, even though Bristol is a short track, it’s really fast.  Racing at Bristol is like racing in a big cereal bowl is about the best that I can describe it.  I think that our laps times will be so fast and we’ll be pulling so many G’s this weekend.  So many drivers were talking about having to work on their seats to make sure that they’re really braced up on the right side because we’re going to get so physically worn out from going much faster than normal and be out of the gas a lot less than we normally are.  Our Camry is going to need to turn really well this weekend and I’ll have to be able to just grab the throttle before the center and not out of the gas much.  If our Camry can turn really well, and carry a bunch of speed and momentum, that will make for a good race for us on Sunday.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "With the new downforce package, Bristol will most definitely will see cars running faster this weekend, which will be interesting in and of itself since the place has always been very fast to begin with.  Goodyear is bringing a different tire this year to try and slow cars down a little bit, which will be a little harder left-side tire compound, so how the track will take rubber will be a question.  We’re not sure yet whether we’ll be racing along the top of the bottom yet.  The track is also going to put down some PJ1 on the bottom groove but it will be a different mixture than we’ve had in the past, so that’s another change looking ahead to this weekend.  There’s also so weather forecasted for the area on Friday so that will also be a concern.  Usually we don’t get a whole lot of reading on the track until Saturday in ‘happy hour’ and the last part of that session when the track gets warmed up with everyone on it, so there will be a lot to learn in a short bit of time.  I suspect quicker lap times this weekend than we have seen at Bristol in the past with more time on throttle and probably harder cornering.  The question is going to be whether cars end up preferring the top lane or the bottom lane when it comes time for the race."


No. 95 LFR eNASCAR Heat Pro League Toyota Camry:

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
Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze
Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert        
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramierz          
Jackman: Bailey Walker
Fueler: Ryan Dextraze                       
Rear Changer: Deven Youker
Front Changer: Adam Hartman      
Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez