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Daytona Preview - No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry
Jul 3, 2019

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Notes

JOIN THE PROCORE CREW: With a new car, new driver, and a new season ahead of us, now's your chance to join our Procore crew. Become a member of the No. 95 Crew today to get your free, collectible Matt DiBenedetto 95 hero card. Plus, you can enter to win exclusive Procore No. 95 Car merchandise throughout the season.  Visit www.procore.com/95crew to enroll today.

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Daytona International Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 28.2 and an average finish of 22.9.  He’s completed 1,279 of 1,467 (87.2 percent) career laps on the historic high-banked track.  In February’s Daytona 500, DiBenedetto led for a race-high 49 laps in the event before getting caught up in a wreck late in the race.

DAYTONA DREAMING: Not only is Daytona the birthplace of NASCAR, but it’s the place where Leavine Family Racing has strung up some of the team’s best finishes over the years.  LFR has earned three top-five finishes in the organization’s career with two of those coming at Daytona.  Michael McDowell finished fourth in July of 2017, Kasey Kahne finished fourth in July of 2018 after leading for 17 laps, and DiBenedetto lead for a race-high of 49 laps in February of 2019 before getting caught up in a late-race crash.  The team also has earned two top-10 runs at “The World Center of Racing” with McDowell finishing seventh in July of 2014 and then 10th in July of 2016.

RACE INFO: The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 6th. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

7/5/2015

Event

Coke Zero 400

Start

41

Finish

26

Laps

161 / 161

Status

Running

Date

2/21/2016

Event

Daytona 500

Start

20

Finish

40

Laps

91 / 200

Status

Crash

Date

7/2/2016

Event

Coke Zero 400

Start

36

Finish

33

Laps

108 / 161

Status

Running

Date

2/26/2017

Event

Daytona 500

Start

25

Finish

9

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

7/1/2017

Event

Coke Zero 400

Start

28

Finish

13

Laps

163 / 163

Status

Running

Date

2/18/2018

Event

Daytona 500

Start

36

Finish

27

Laps

198 / 207

Status

Crash

Date

7/7/2018

Event

Coke Zero Sugar 400

Start

31

Finish

7

Laps

168 / 168

Status

Running

Date

2/17/2019

Event

Daytona 500

Start

9

Finish

28

Laps

190 / 207

Status

Running

 

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

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

8

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

2

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

17

Wins

0

Top 5

1

Top 10

1

Poles

0

Laps Led

50

Avg. Start

22.4

Avg. Finish

23.4

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

157

Wins

0

Top 5

1

Top 10

5

Poles

0

Laps Led

73

Avg. Start

30.2

Avg. Finish

28.3

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Going back to Daytona this weekend, it’s going to be way different than what we experienced in February since we’ll now be running the 2019 package there.  Talladega was a much better indicator as to what to expect a little more as we head back to Daytona.  There were some things that we learned at Talladega that were surprising, I don’t want to give away all of our secrets though.  Obviously, Daytona in February for us was a strong event for us and the style of racing will be totally different from the driver’s seat going back.  It’ll be a lot tougher to just get out front and lead like we were able to do in February because positions will shuffle around much more this coming weekend.  We were all caught off guard that handling was so important as it turned out to be at Talladega because the dirty air from the huge spoilers actually affected the cars a ton and made it to where we were fighting handling issues in traffic that we didn’t expect.  As always, track position will be important and superspeedway racing is all about being smart and trying to stay out of trouble.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "Our Daytona 500 notes are still useful, but with us running the new package at Daytona this coming weekend, this package is quite a bit different so we’re kind of approaching this weekend like a mix of the (Daytona) 500 and Talladega.  We have a lot more total downforce on the car than what we had at the (Daytona) 500 and obviously handling matters more now at Daytona than what it did even at Talladega earlier this year.  It’s definitely a focus of ours to get the balance right and still make our Camry drive well with good speed this weekend.  There is also a new tire for this weekend with this package added to the mix, and obviously, weather is a factor since we practice during the day but race at night.  Ultimately, we’ll have more downforce in clean air, but we’ll also have dirtier air in traffic and that’s where a lot of the handling comes into play.  The guy that’s leading has a nice advantage having clean air, but obviously he’s at a disadvantage when it comes to drag.  A lot of times we’re seeing that the leader can’t get away from the pack which you normally see at the speedways, except this package seems to clump everyone up a bit more, especially the leader.  Because of that, the runs in traffic are bigger and quicker than what they’ve been at Daytona in the past.  Our game plan for this weekend is to unload and then make some runs by our self to make sure that our travels are right and then we’ll get into a decent-sized pack to be able to learn how our balance is in traffic versus clean air.  Obviously, you don’t want to get into a wreck at any point, but we’ll definitely need to practice in order to set ourselves up for the race."


No. 95 Procore 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
Mechanic: Zach Marquardt
Shock Specialist: Sean Studer       
Tire Specialist: James Melick         
Jackman: Charles Thacker
Fueler: Brian Eastland                
Rear Changer: Dakota Ratcliff
Front Changer: Adam Hartman      
Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez

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