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Michigan Preview - No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry
Jun 4, 2019

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Notes

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 31.9, an average finish of 31.1, and he’s completed 1,442 of 1,473 (97.9 percent) career laps at the 2.0-mile track in Brooklyn, Michigan.

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RACE INFO: The FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 9th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

6/14/2015

Event

Quicken Loans 400

Start

43

Finish

39

Laps

136 / 138

Status

Running

Date

8/16/2015

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

32

Finish

30

Laps

197 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/12/2016

Event

FireKeepers Casino 400

Start

31

Finish

34

Laps

185 / 200

Status

Crash

Date

8/28/2016

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

34

Finish

32

Laps

195 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/18/2017

Event

FireKeepers Casino 400

Start

28

Finish

28

Laps

199 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/13/2017

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

27

Finish

26

Laps

200 / 202

Status

Running

Date

6/10/2018

Event

FireKeepers Casino 400

Start

30

Finish

36

Laps

131 / 133

Status

Running

Date

8/12/2018

Event

Consumers Energy 400

Start

30

Finish

24

Laps

199 / 200

Status

Running

 

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

14

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

50

Avg. Start

21.7

Avg. Finish

24.7

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

154

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

4

Poles

0

Laps Led

73

Avg. Start

30.3

Avg. Finish

28.5

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I think that Michigan is going to be its own deal since I can’t really think of anywhere truly comparable to it that we’ve raced at so far this year.  I think that qualifying will have us completely wide open with the pedal to the floor, so it will be up to the teams to see what they can do to find whatever advantages they can for qualifying.  Your car will still need to be set-up more for the race in race trim though since qualifying is an impound session.  Before this package at Michigan, we needed a good-handling car in order to be able to sail it off into the corner at over 200 m.p.h., so you worked on making sure that you had the most security in your car and getting the handling good enough to carry a bunch of speed, but we were also out of the gas before.  Now this weekend, I think we’re going to be wide-open and it’s going to be figuring out the mix of speed that you need in your car as well as the right handling mix.  The more speed you typically put in your car is when you sacrifice handling, as far as just straightaway speed.  We’ll work and figure out during practice where the balance is.  Most places you still focus on the handling, but Michigan is so big that we don’t know if it’s going to be mix of superspeedway racing and mile-and-a-half racing together in a weird blend that we’ve never seen.  Michigan has widened out enough where we should be able to find some clean air.  That’s been a challenge at the single-lane tracks is that we can’t pass because we can’t find the clean air.  Michigan isn’t as widened out as Kansas but it’s enough where we should be able to find some lanes to be able to get some decent handling in the corner and then be able to get that draft on the straightaway.  I just don’t know how the racing will be this weekend since Michigan is big and fast, we’ll see how it all goes once we get there.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "Michigan this weekend might look more like Kansas and Fontana.  As far as the racing this weekend, hopefully the track will widen out enough to where you can have multiple grooves to pass, but in recent years, Michigan has been a one-groove track that’s been hard to pass and that’s been one of the harder challenges of it.  If the track widens out pretty well, then I think we’ll see a race similar to Kansas and California.  Tire falloff at Michigan is generally low, so strategy-wise, staying out on tires, taking rights or taking lefts, and keeping track position is easier to do there compared to other tracks that have greater tire falloff.  The biggest question going into this weekend will be how wide will the track get and how many passing lanes will we see this weekend?  The races at Kansas and Charlotte were good because guys were able to run multiple lanes in order to go fast.  Pocono ended up being a very single-lane track and that’s why it was really difficult to pass and make anything happen to get out of the dirty air.  If Michigan can widen out enough, it could be a race that has more passing in it.  Otherwise, with low tire falloff and the speeds that we’re at right now, it might be a difficult track to pass at if we don’t have enough space."


No. 95 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: Zach Marquardt
Shock Specialist: Sean Studer       
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramierz          
Jackman: Charles Thacker
Fueler: Brian Eastland                
Rear Changer: Deven Youker
Front Changer: Adam Hartman      
Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez

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