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Richmond Preview – No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Preview
Sep 17, 2019

No. 95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry Notes:

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Richmond, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 29.1, an average finish of 30.3 and he's completed 3,526 of 3,613 (97.6 percent) career laps at the 0.75-mile Virginia track.

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RACE INFO: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway (0.75-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 21st. 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 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

Date

4/13/2019

Event

Toyota Owners 400

Start

20

Finish

24

Laps

398 / 400

Status

Running

 

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

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

27

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

6

Poles

0

Laps Led

152

Avg. Start

21.1

Avg. Finish

19.2

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

167

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

10

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.5

Avg. Finish

27.4

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: "Looking ahead to this weekend at Richmond, it's a track that is more of a strong suit for us as a team since it is a short track.  I enjoy the fact that this weekend at Richmond drivers will need to lay off the gas, use the brake pedal, and that we slide around a bit more than other tracks.  When we raced there earlier in the season, we learned that track position meant more there than it has in the past, so driving through the field was more challenging than before.  Even though it's a short track, we're very grip-limited in the corner at Richmond, so dirty air was a big deal in the spring race.  It made for a challenging day if you happened to have any problems during the race where you would've gotten stuck back in the field.  Richmond is a better type of track for us than the 1.5-mile ones since we've typically been faster at the short tracks so far this year."

From the Pit Box:
Mike Wheeler: "Richmond is as challenging of a short track as Loudon and Phoenix since each one of those tracks has their own unique characteristics.  Even though it's one of the smaller tracks, the aero contribution Richmond has because of the speed versus banking combined with the tire combination, is definitely a challenge.  Richmond is only slightly bigger than Martinsville, but it reacts more like an intermediate track.  Tire falloff can be substantial at Richmond and that can make for good racing, however, there's not many multiple grooves that are really preferred so you can find it difficult to pass.  Everyone has improved their packages since the spring race as it was one of the earlier short track races of the season.  Practice was also cut short when we raced there in the spring due to rain and we found that if you were off to start, you generally didn't get enough time on track to be able to catch back up which happened to our group.  So hopefully some of the stuff we've learned through the summer with our success at Loudon we can apply this weekend at Richmond to hopefully be a few steps better."
 
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
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

About Toyota:
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