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Martinsville Preview – No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Preview
Oct 22, 2019

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Notes:

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Martinsville, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 30.6, an average finish of 31.6, and he's completed 3,997 of 4,505 (88.7 percent) career laps at the half-mile Virginia track.

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RACE INFO: The First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27th. 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 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

Date

5/24/2019

Event

STP 500

Start

21

Finish

20

Laps

500 / 500

Status

Running

 

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

32

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

7

Poles

0

Laps Led

152

Avg. Start

21.2

Avg. Finish

18.6

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

172

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

11

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.3

Avg. Finish

27.0

 

From the Driver's Seat:
Matt DiBenedetto: "This year's rules package changed Martinsville more than we had originally thought from what we learned in the race there earlier this season.  Even though Martinsville is more of a slow speed short track, we were able to put the throttle down on the straightaways in the long runs during the spring race.  In the past we wouldn't have been able to do that because we would have been sliding them all the way down the straightaway without being able to put the gas down.  With cars handling that way now it makes it even harder to pass at Martinsville because there's less discrepancy in speed, and less major falloff where you used to see people blowing the tires off on the straightaways without being able to put the throttle down while others were very distinct long-run cars.  Now everyone is a lot closer in speeds, so it's a lot harder to be able to charge through the pack at Martinsville.  The plan for this weekend is pretty straightforward: qualify well and keep track position all day.  To have a good day, you need to have a car with aggressive short-run speed and be able to turn really well.  The track doesn't rubber up as much as it used to, so it changes your set-up approach, my approach to the race, and driving the track.  The dynamic of the racing at Martinsville has just changed with this package.  It's still Martinsville though and one of my favorite tracks on the circuit."


From the Pit Box:
Mike Wheeler: "Richmond, Phoenix, and Loudon are all pretty fast short tracks on our circuit compared to Martinsville, so we don't really apply much of what we learn at those places to Martinsville since it's more of a slow mid-corner track.  The new downforce package did affect the racing we saw earlier this season at Martinsville quite a bit.  A lot of that had to do with the tire and tire falloff during the spring race.  Before at Martinsville, you had to fight forward drive a lot.  The big spoiler this year has reduced that by a decent amount, and it makes the lap time degradation quite a bit less than it used to be.  That was the big experience that we took away from the spring race at Martinsville with this package.  Going back this weekend, it will be cooler temperature-wise and this race generally ends towards evening.  Those factors play into the track conditions changing over the course of the race and make for having to account for that within the balance of our Camry.  The better cars at Martinsville can still pass and make gains throughout the course of the race.  Obviously, execution is still critical because it's just generally hard to pass at Martinsville.  Martinsville is one of those tracks though where the better cars seem to migrate forward, but the idea would be to qualify as well as you can with the impound setup, bide your time for the first half of the race, and then make sure you can stay ahead of the changing track so that you're ready to finish strong."

 

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance 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


 
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