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Phoenix Preview - No. 95 Dumont JETS Toyota Camry Preview
Nov 5, 2019

No. 95 Dumont JETS Toyota Camry Notes:

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts in Phoenix, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 29.1 and an average finish of 26.4.  He's completed  2,706 of 2,730 (99.1 percent) career laps at the 1.0-mile track in Avondale, Arizona.

RACE INFO: The Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway (1.0-mile) begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 10th. 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 Phoenix:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

3/15/2015

Event

CampingWorld.com 500

Start

35

Finish

35

Laps

307 / 312

Status

Running

Date

11/15/2015

Event

Quicken Loans 500

Start

30

Finish

28

Laps

217 / 219

Status

Running

Date

3/13/2016

Event

Good Sam 500

Start

23

Finish

20

Laps

312 / 313

Status

Running

Date

11/13/2016

Event

Can-Am 500

Start

32

Finish

25

Laps

322 / 324

Status

Running

Date

3/19/2017

Event

Camping World 500

Start

30

Finish

29

Laps

313 / 314

Status

Running

Date

11/12/2017

Event

Can-Am 500

Start

30

Finish

27

Laps

306 / 312

Status

Running

Date

3/11/2018

Event

Ticket Guardian 500

Start

30

Finish

25

Laps

311 / 312

Status

Running

Date

11/11/2018

Event

Can-Am 500

Start

27

Finish

21

Laps

310 / 312

Status

Running

Date

3/10/2019

Event

Ticket Guardian 500

Start

25

Finish

28

Laps

308 / 312

Status

Running

 

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

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

34

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

11

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.1

Avg. Finish

26.9

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

174

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

11

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.1

Avg. Finish

26.9

 

From the Driver's Seat:
Matt DiBenedetto: "Looking ahead to Phoenix this weekend, we had a good Camry for the race out there in March and that was when we were still new to working together as a group that early in the season.  We still had a lot of work to do as a group in order to gel and get organized together, but we had a really fast car running up in the top-12 at one point.  Heading back there this weekend, we've come so far together as a team, so I'm looking forward to this weekend.  Phoenix is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule period and it's a track that always reminds me of Concord (NC) and the half-mile little short track.  I think those two tracks have a lot of similarities except that Phoenix is obviously bigger, but I always enjoyed racing at Concord too.  It should be a fun weekend and we should have a good Dumont JETS Camry this weekend.  Track position will once again be really important as it is most weekends so that we're not stuck back in the field and fighting that aero-tight handling from dirty air.  It will be nice to have single-car qualifying at Phoenix since for the Fall race, we got held up on our lap since it was still the group qualifying format.  That change will allow us to go out and focus on making a good clean lap.  I love qualifying at Phoenix because you really need to hit your marks, be smooth, and not overdrive which makes it a finesse type of short track."

From the Pit Box:
Mike Wheeler: "Phoenix was the first short track on the schedule that we went to this year with this new rules package so that gave us all a lot of eye-opening experiences seeing what this package did there.  We've obviously learned a lot since being there back in March but notes from that race will still apply as we prep for this weekend.  The track reconfiguration didn't change much in the way of how we set up our cars, but pit road is a little bit different now compared to most of the other tracks on the circuit since there is a corner to it since the reconfiguration.  The track drives very similarly even though the Start/Finish line is in a different spot.  One of the biggest things about this package is the tire falloff at Phoenix isn't as great as it is at places like Richmond, and track position is critical enough at Phoenix that sometimes staying out on a caution outweighs new tires.  Obviously, depending on the conditions that you have, that will decide what your strategy will be, but there's definitely an avenue to go down various paths depending on what you need at that time in the race. You can play the pit strategy game a little bit there in Phoenix because it is a fairly new pave with low tire falloff compared to other places, but you still will need to keep your hand on the track, and the further back that you are in traffic, the worse that the car is going to handle which will hurt the tires even more.  We've got decent confidence heading into this weekend because we ran so well at Loudon, and even in this first Phoenix race this year.  At the end of the day I think that we can qualify well and run up towards the front, but it's going to take a good execution day to maintain that in order to have a shot at finishing up front."

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: Blake Houston    
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.