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Martinsville Preview - No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry
Mar 19, 2019

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Notes

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Martinsville, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 31.8 and an average finish of 33.0 and he’s completed 3,497 of 4,005 (87.3 percent) career laps at the half-mile Virginia track.

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RACE INFO: The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 24th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

3/29/2015

Event

STP 500

Start

43

Finish

31

Laps

494 / 500

Status

Running

Date

11/1/2015

Event

Goody's Headache Relief 500

Start

36

Finish

30

Laps

492 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/3/2016

Event

STP 500

Start

35

Finish

29

Laps

495 / 500

Status

Running

Date

10/30/2016

Event

Goody's Fast Relief 500

Start

27

Finish

32

Laps

489 / 500

Status

Running

Date

4/2/2017

Event

STP 500

Start

28

Finish

35

Laps

401 / 500

Status

Crash

Date

10/29/2017

Event

First Data 500

Start

28

Finish

39

Laps

187 / 505

Status

Electrical

Date

3/26/2018

Event

STP 500

Start

31

Finish

32

Laps

488 / 500

Status

Running

Date

10/28/2018

Event

First Data 500

Start

26

Finish

36

Laps

451 / 500

Status

Running

 

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

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

8

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

5

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

49

Avg. Start

20.8

Avg. Finish

24.2

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

145

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

4

Poles

0

Laps Led

72

Avg. Start

30.8

Avg. Finish

28.8

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “This year’s new package will still come into play a little bit this weekend at Martinsville, but not nearly as much as other tracks that we’ve been to so far.  This new package affects your braking getting in to the corner from the downforce, so it’ll actually give us more stability in entry and can change the approach to our car setup.  Having the big spoiler in the back and having a little more grip when you’re at the end of the straightaways is what we’re going to see this weekend.  We’ll have to adapt to how our Camry will change over the course of the run, so there will be some differences as to what we see on track.  This weekend will still involve us having to adapt at the race track, which is something that we’ve had to do all year, but it should be to a lesser degree.  We’ll be learning as we go since no one really has a lot of data yet.  Patience is the key to having a good run at Martinsville.  Picking your battles wisely is also a focus because Martinsville is always a big mental game.  For me, I’ve had to learn better patience over the years in not using the bumper too much early and picking my battles.  Martinsville is about focusing on your race, letting other people make mistakes, being patient and just executing your race while being good in traffic, good on restarts, good on pit road, and all the things you can do to position yourself to be in a position to run well and be up front at the end of it.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "This weekend at Martinsville, even with the new package, it will change Martinsville just a little bit compared to years past.  You will notice some of the downforce gains on the straightaways and entries/exits, but it shouldn’t change the center too much.  With all those small changes on entries and exits though, it’ll affect the racing per say.  You may end up fighting less forward drive issues as compared to years past, as well as less wheel-hop issues with the added downforce, however if you do have more straightaway speed, you’ll have more braking as well.  Ultimately, we’ll approach practice this weekend like we would have last year in the fact that you’ll want to make sure that you can turn center and get off the corner well for forward drive.  It’s supposed to be nice and warm this weekend and sunny which means that the track will take some rubber, so it’ll have some of the same characteristics as Martinsville usually does, however the balance of center turn versus forward drive might be separated a bit compared to past years and that’s where we need to see what happens first in practice before we put it all together 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: 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

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