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Kansas Preview – No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Preview
Oct 16, 2019

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Notes:

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Kansas, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 29.0, an average finish of 27.1 and he’s completed 2,360 of 2,409 (98.0 percent) career laps at the 1.5-mile track.

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RACE INFO: The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20th. 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 Kansas:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

5/9/2015

Event

Sponge Bob Square Pants 400

Start

35

Finish

25

Laps

266 / 267

Status

Running

Date

10/18/2015

Event

Hollywood Casino 400

Start

34

Finish

30

Laps

265 / 269

Status

Running

Date

5/7/2016

Event

GoBowling.com 400

Start

24

Finish

30

Laps

264 / 267

Status

Running

Date

10/16/2016

Event

Hollywood Casino 400

Start

27

Finish

24

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

5/13/2017

Event

Go Bowling 400

Start

23

Finish

32

Laps

243 / 267

Status

Running

Date

10/22/2017

Event

Hollywood Casino 400

Start

30

Finish

22

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

5/12/2018

Event

KC Masterpiece 400

Start

37

Finish

22

Laps

263 / 267

Status

Running

Date

10/21/2018

Event

Hollywood Casino 400

Start

31

Finish

23

Laps

264 / 267

Status

Running

Date

10/21/2018

Event

Digital Ally 400

Start

20

Finish

36

Laps

261 / 271

Status

Engine

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kansas (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

31

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

7

Poles

0

Laps Led

152

Avg. Start

21.0

Avg. Finish

18.7

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

171

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

11

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

30.4

Avg. Finish

27.1

 

From the Driver’s Seat:
Matt DiBenedetto: "To me, Kansas is one of the better 1.5-mile tracks we visit because it’s a place that gives us various lane options, which allows you to run almost everywhere around the track and that has been something that’s become really important with this year’s package.  With this high downforce package, dirty air is such a challenge.  At a place like Kansas, at least you can get a bit of that draft on the straightaway, then get into the corner and be able to run the opposite lane of the car in front of you so that you can find some of that clean air in the corner.  Having those opportunities to get out of the dirty air makes it a little less frustrating throughout the race.  Restarts at Kansas are pretty wild there and really important due to track position, but I feel like I say how important restarts are every week.  Restarts at Kansas can be wild simply because you can run all over the track and those are times when you’re really going to see guys battling to advance their positioning.  The lane options really is one of the main things that I focus on when we look ahead to Kansas… and of course all the great food that’s in the area as well."


From the Pit Box:
Mike Wheeler: "Going back to Kansas this coming weekend, our first race there with this package was earlier in the season and we’ve learned a lot since then.  On top of the learning throughout the season, there are a few changes for this coming weekend, including a new Goodyear tire.  The first Kansas race earlier this year was fairly cooler temps for an evening race, and this weekend looks to be a cooler temperature race as well, but it will be an afternoon race, so that’s a different animal in itself.  The track did widen out decently in the spring to have a couple of different passing lanes, so hopefully that is true again this coming weekend.  Tire wear is just enough of a factor at Kansas compared to other intermediate tracks that we go to, that you have to be aware of it.  In the spring race at Kansas, some guys were trying to do no tires, or tried staying out to keep track position, and while a few may have made it work, most of them paid a penalty for those attempts.  Tracks like Michigan and Texas, you can afford to be on old tires, Kansas is one of those tracks that there is a decent amount of risk to staying out on old tires.  With the new tire this weekend that of course could change, but based on the spring race, you didn’t want to put yourself into a bad spot on old tires.  Kansas is a fairly smooth track and it actually isn’t a hard track to keep a good platform around.  A lot of the better cars that qualify up front, may race up front, but if they have an execution issue they will probably suffer more in traffic.  Kansas is still a track where you can catch lapped traffic, and if you’re unable to pass lapped traffic, you’ll suffer as well.  This is an impound qualifying session this weekend so our plan will be to qualify in race trim.  Our focus for our Camry this weekend is not to over trim it out because dirty air in traffic and tire falloff is substantial at Kansas and there’s a delicate balance of getting everything right there."
 

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance 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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