Box Score Info:
RACE: NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; Go Bowling at The Glen
TRACK: Watkins Glen International
DRIVER: Matt DiBenedetto
CAR: No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry
- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams traveled to scenic Watkins Glen, New York this weekend for the series second road course event of the year. After a season and career-best finish of fourth at Sonoma Raceway back in June, Matt DiBenedetto and his No. 95 Procore team came into the weekend eager to score another strong finish and they worked hard to execute that goal. Teams had two practice sessions on Saturday to shake down their cars and the Procore Camry finished final practice in third on the speed chart. Saturday’s qualifying session found the team earning a starting spot of 20th after two cars interfered with DiBenedetto’s fast lap during the multi-vehicle session, but the team knew that they had a strong Camry and they developed a game plan to gain track position on Sunday. Starting from 20th, DiBenedetto and his team ran a clean race and got to where the Procore Camry was posting times as fast as the race leader by the closing laps of the race. DiBenedetto finished sixth Sunday at Watkins Glen as the team claimed their fourth top-10 finish in their last seven starts.
- Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen took the green at 3:22 p.m. EST to start the 90-lap event. Stage 1 was 20 laps in length, and halfway through the opening stage, DiBenedetto radioed into crew chief Mike Wheeler that the Procore Camry was “too tight in the right-handers” and was “tight in the carousel and Turn 7.” DiBenedetto got up to 18th before some teams started to cycle through pit stops before the stage came to an end. Wheeler had his team wait until the end of Stage 1 to hit pit road for their first stop of the day for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment.
- The race returned to green to start Stage 2 to begin lap 25 with DiBenedetto in 16th. Within the opening laps of Stage 2, the Procore Camry improved to 11th by lap 29 as DiBenedetto told his team “that was definitely the right way on adjustments.” A caution at lap 34 allowed the team a chance to further discuss the handling of their Procore Camry as DiBenedetto told his team “it fired off well, but then just got too loose in the esses.” The team stayed out under the caution as the race returned to green to start lap 37 with the No. 95 in 11th.
- Wheeler called his driver in for the team’s schedule green-flag stop on lap 58 for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment that turned out to be the team’s last scheduled stop of the afternoon. Teams continued to cycle through green-flag stops before a caution at lap 62 found DiBenedetto cycle into eighth. The race returned to green to start lap 66 as DiBenedetto worked to chase down the No. 2 car for seventh even though dirty air was challenging drivers when it came to catching the cars in front of them. The Procore Camry made the pass on lap 86 to take over seventh and DiBenedetto worked hard to improve to sixth on lap 89 with one lap remaining in the event.
- Chase Elliott dominated Sunday’s race at The Glen after earning the pole and then leading 80 of race’s 90 laps. Martin Truex, Jr., Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Ryan Blaney rounded out Sunday’s top-five finishers while DiBenedetto finished seventh earning his fourth top-10 of the season in the process with his No. 95 Procore Camry
2019 No. 95 Season Summary:
Starts - 22
Wins - 0
Top 5’s - 2
Top 10’s - 4
Poles - 0
Consumers Energy 400
Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile)
Sunday, August 11, 2019