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Dover Preview - No. 95 Dumont JETS Toyota Camry Preview
Oct 1, 2019

No. 95 Dumont JETS Toyota Camry Notes:

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Dover, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 30.4 and an average finish of 29.9 and has completed 3,272 of 3,615 (90.5 percent) career laps at "The Monster Mile."  DiBenedetto's best finishing position at Dover is 20th which he earned in May's event earlier this season.

RACE INFO: The Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile) begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 6th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
 

 

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

5/31/2015

Event

FedEx 400

Start

36

Finish

32

Laps

395 / 405

Status

Running

Date

10/4/2015

Event

AAA 400

Start

37

Finish

34

Laps

391 / 400

Status

Running

Date

5/15/2016

Event

AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Start

29

Finish

40

Laps

116 / 400

Status

Crash

Date

10/2/2016

Event

Citizen Soldier 400

Start

35

Finish

27

Laps

393 / 400

Status

Running

Date

6/4/2017

Event

AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Start

25

Finish

29

Laps

397 / 406

Status

Running

Date

10/1/2017

Event

Apache Warrior 400

Start

40

Finish

31

Laps

393 / 400

Status

Running

Date

5/6/2018

Event

AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Start

24

Finish

29

Laps

392 / 400

Status

Running

Date

10/7/2018

Event

Gander Outdoors 400

Start

31

Finish

27

Laps

397 / 404

Status

Running

Date

5/6/2019

Event

Gander RV 400

Start

17

Finish

20

Laps

398 / 400

Status

Running

 

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

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

9

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

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

29

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

10

Poles

0

Laps Led

152

Avg. Start

20.7

Avg. Finish

18.8

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

169

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

10

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.3

Avg. Finish

27.2

 

From the Driver's Seat:
Matt DiBenedetto: "Qualifying at Dover was super fast when we raced there earlier this year.  It was actually really fun to be running into the corners so fast there.  With this high downforce package we're glued down more into the track, and because of that, we were way faster in qualifying and in general at Dover earlier this year.  Patience is so important to have at Dover because you can burn your stuff up trying to pass somebody when you're stuck in their dirty air and it's obviously more beneficial to not use up your car by doing that.  The challenge of Dover that we saw back in May with this package was that we didn't see as much tire falloff as we had seen there in the past.  With the old tire falloff, we'd see it where positions would shuffle around a bit more and we could drive through the field a little more than what we experienced this year.  You'd see some people that were better long-run cars or were better short-run cars, but now the lap times don't vary that much so you see people settle into the same spot a bit more.  Tires matter but the falloff isn't as big at Dover as other tracks we go to so there might be situations this weekend where you're better off taking the track position because you know that the dirty air will be tougher on you than if you're stuck back further in the field.  You'll see cars that will just take the cleaner air and be on older tires because we've seen that if you're further back in the pack, you can get stuck."
 

From the Pit Box:
Mike Wheeler: "Dover has been one of the more interesting tracks this year with this 750hp package because the cars are actually faster than they were last year there and the speeds we saw there back in May were pretty incredible to see in person.  Dover is as banked as the intermediate tracks that we've had except that those other tracks have less downforce.  It's still the 750 package, which is the higher horsepower engine, with the max downforce in this package.  Every other intermediate that we've gone to this year had the 550 engine in it, so the speeds were lower overall… higher in the corners but slower in the straightaways.  Dover is the place where you recognize the speed because you are going faster than you ever have there before.  The downforce pushes cars into the corner and you still have all the acceleration from the engine.  We're still grip-limited in the corners, and that is why dirty air is so challenging there because you are going faster and you have more downforce, so the guy behind you has even dirtier air.  The loads at Dover are higher than ever which is an aspect of concern in regard to durability since you can get in trouble with tires or suspension.  The track is a lot rougher in person than what you see on TV.  The bumps in Turn 3 can be pretty horrendous if you're not careful.  As difficult as dirty air is, fortunately the track does widen out and there can be multiple grooves there that allow for some passing possibilities.  It's very easy to be a fifth to fifthteenth-place car and to get stuck somewhere in the middle at Dover.  Generally, the fastest cars do seem to find ways to migrate forward during the race but qualifying well and executing all race long will be critical for finishing well.  Tire falloff, wear, and durability are a small concern at Dover."


No. 95 Dumont JETS 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


About Dumont GROUP:
Dumont JETS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dumont Group, LLC of Wilmington, Delaware that operates an FAA PART 135 Air Carrier Certificate along with an EASA and FAA approved 145 MRO at the New Castle Airport (KILG), an EASA and FAA PART 145 Repair Station at the Central Illinois Regional Airport (KBMI) in Bloomington, Illinois and FAA PART 145 Repair Station at the Fort Worth Spinks Airport (KFWS) in Ft. Worth, Texas.