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Richmond Preview - No. 95 Toyota Certified Used Vehicle/Toyota Owners Camry
Apr 11, 2019

No. 95 Toyota Certified Used Vehicle/Toyota Owners Camry Notes

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Richmond, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 30.2 and an average finish of 31.1 and he’s completed 3,128 of 3,213 (97.4 percent) career laps at the 0.75-mile Virginia track.

TOYOTA OWNER-DRIVER CHALLENGE: The first Toyota Owner-Driver Challenge will kick off this weekend at Richmond Raceway on April 13th, 2019 during the Toyota Owners 400.  This experience highlights five loyal, Richmond-area Toyota Owners and will pair them each up with a random Toyota driver in the Cup series for a chance to win $10,000.

CELEBRATING TOYOTA OWNERS: This weekend Toyota celebrates it’s seventh-consecutive year of partnering with Richmond Raceway and serving as the entitlement sponsor of both the MENCS Toyota Owners 400 and NXS ToyotaCare 250.  The weekend has become synonymous with celebrating and thanking loyal Toyota owners.  As part of their weekend, Toyota will have several fan activations and special opportunities for Toyota owners including the Toyota Racing Experience, Toyota Owners Hub, Toyota Thrill Ride, Toyota Owners Parking, Toyota Owners Express Lanes and a Toyota Green Space.

RACE INFO: The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway (0.75-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13th. 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 Richmond:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

4/26/2015

Event

Toyota Owners 400

Start

37

Finish

37

Laps

394 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/12/2015

Event

Federated Auto Parts 400

Start

33

Finish

36

Laps

390 / 400

Status

Running

Date

4/24/2016

Event

Toyota Owners 400

Start

36

Finish

30

Laps

399 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/10/2016

Event

Federated Auto Parts 400

Start

25

Finish

37

Laps

352 / 407

Status

Crash

Date

4/30/2017

Event

Toyota Owners 400

Start

32

Finish

28

Laps

400 / 400

Status

Running

Date

9/9/2017

Event

Federated Auto Parts 400

Start

25

Finish

31

Laps

400 / 404

Status

Running

Date

4/21/2018

Event

Toyota Owners 400

Start

27

Finish

16

Laps

402 / 402

Status

Running

Date

9/22/2018

Event

Federated Auto Parts 400

Start

27

Finish

34

Laps

391 / 400

Status

Running

 

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

8

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

49

Avg. Start

21.5

Avg. Finish

22.4

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

148

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

4

Poles

0

Laps Led

72

Avg. Start

30.6

Avg. Finish

28.6

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Looking ahead to this weekend, we definitely seem to be the strongest on the short tracks so far this year.  It’s become our strong suit, so we look ahead to this weekend at Richmond with pretty high expectations.  I’m also very partial going to short tracks and road courses, so going into Richmond, I always look forward to it a little more than other tracks on the schedule.  It’s also an incredibly important weekend for Toyota with them having the naming rights for both events, as well as our No. 95 Camry featuring a special Toyota Owners scheme.  The challenge of racing at Richmond is actually all the stuff that I like because it brings me back to my old short track racing background days.  Having to manage your tires, and so many other old school qualities that I enjoy, come into play when we race at Richmond.  Making sure that you don’t slip and abuse old tires is a focus, as well as knowing what you need at a short track to be good in the long run, are things that we focus on.  There’s still going to be a lot to learn this weekend, just like every race we’ve had so far this year.  One of the things that we keep working on is where to position yourself when you’re around other cars properly because of the high downforce, so even though it’s still a short track, it changes the racing a lot.  Phoenix is the track that we’ll look at our notes from because some of the car build details for Phoenix and Richmond are very similar in regard to what makes a car run fast at both of those tracks.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "I would say that what we learned at Phoenix and Martinsville this year will apply a bit, as far as the offsets from last year to this year, at Richmond.  Richmond is obviously considered a short track, and is its own little unique entity, but a lot of the stuff that we experienced at Phoenix I think we’ll experience this weekend at Richmond.  We’re going to have a different tire this year going back to Richmond, which is its own characteristic that we’ll need to work around on top of the aero package.  Richmond is a short track like Phoenix, because it has some of the same characteristics that we’ll need to focus on where it’s hard to pass, you work on center turn, and the need to work on exit along with forward drive.  This weekend though I still feel that we’ll have a lot of the same Richmond characteristics that we’ve had there in the past.  Tires do matter there, and you always want to turn better in the center, and have more forward drive.  I think some of the forward drive stuff might be different due to the fact that there is more downforce.  Similar to what we saw at Martinsville, it became more of a cornering track than a straightaway track.  I’m curious to see if the track will widen out this weekend.  In the past, Richmond has been one or two lanes, and in daytime, we’ve seen it widen out all the way to the wall.  It seems like this year, guys have been moving around more to get out of the dirty air, so I could see the track widening out more than ever and that can make for some neat racing.  Hopefully with our success on the short tracks this year, as far as being better than we have been at other tracks, we can get Matt (DiBenedetto) comfortable and race well."


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: 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

About Toyota:

Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve built more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.