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Talladega Preview - No. 95 One Bite Toyota Camry
Oct 8, 2019

No. 95 One Bite Toyota Camry Notes

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 32.6 and an average finish of 27.8.  He’s completed 1,578 of 1,712 (92.2 percent) career laps and has led for 21 laps at the 2.66-mile high-banked track.

PROCORE HELPED TO TRANSFORM TALLADEGA: Did you know that Procore customer, Hoar Construction utilized Procore to help with the redevelopment project that transformed the iconic Talladega Superspeedway infield project? Over 79 years ago, Hoar Construction began by building churches from their Birmingham, Alabama headquarters.  Today, the Hoar Construction team is spearheading work on some of the state's most recognizable landmarks, most recently the Talladega Transformation that will debut this upcoming race weekend.

RACE INFO: The 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 13th. 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 Talladega:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

5/3/2015

Event

GEICO 500

Start

43

Finish

18

Laps

188 / 188

Status

Running

Date

10/25/2015

Event

CampingWorld.com 500

Start

36

Finish

40

Laps

177 / 196

Status

Running

Date

5/1/2016

Event

GEICO 500

Start

35

Finish

36

Laps

98 / 188

Status

Engine

Date

10/23/2016

Event

Hellmann's 500

Start

35

Finish

27

Laps

192 / 192

Status

Running

Date

5/7/2017

Event

GEICO 500

Start

26

Finish

18

Laps

191 / 191

Status

Running

Date

10/15/2017

Event

Alabama 500

Start

31

Finish

32

Laps

171 / 188

Status

Parked

Date

4/29/2018

Event

GEICO 500

Start

33

Finish

19

Laps

188 / 188

Status

Running

Date

10/14/2018

Event

100Bulbs.com 500

Start

27

Finish

30

Laps

192 / 193

Status

Running

Date

4/28/2019

Event

GEICO 500

Start

26

Finish

31

Laps

181 / 188

Status

Crash

 

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

30

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

7

Poles

0

Laps Led

152

Avg. Start

20.7

Avg. Finish

18.4

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

170

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

7

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.3

Avg. Finish

27.1

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Going back to Talladega this weekend, we’ve really been focused on learning how these cars race differently this year with this package.  We’ve had a few speedway races now to learn about what works best as far as the moves you make, what’s important for your car, how these cars handle in the pack, and things like that.  We’ve just learned what is working now, since when the rules change that drastically on the race cars, it was a learning curve for everyone.  Now that we’ve had a chance to study the earlier speedway races, we can hone in on what worked so everyone should be better this coming weekend overall, I’d think.  We’re more educated on moves and making line decisions in the pack.  Talladega is one of those races that we just study a lot for actually.  I just try to race hard, but also smart all day long at Talladega so that you can position yourself to win.  This week I add a lot of extra studying to my schedule just so that you can try and be as perfect as I can since every decision we make affects the outcome of our race.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "I anticipate this weekend being a lot similar to what we had at Daytona in July since the 550 spec is typical of the Daytona and Talladega packages.  We learned from the first Talladega race earlier this season where we needed to be when it came to post-race, so we’ll apply a lot of that heading into this coming weekend’s race.  I thought that we ran well at the Summer Daytona race, and it’s really the same package as that one for this weekend, except handling doesn’t matter as much at Talladega.  Dirty air and traffic can affect your balance pretty well at Talladega though where it can beat your tires up and make you have handling problems later on in a run.  If you can run in clean air, it should drive fine, but once you’re five to ten rows back, the dirty air is affecting the tires which then affects the performance over the course of a run.  Strategy-wise for this weekend, there’s no real good place to hide there in the field at Talladega.  Ultimately, the guys that run up front and can stay within the top-five generally stay out of trouble, but you can also go from fifth to running 25th in the matter of a lap or two there.  My game plan for Talladega is always to let these guys race the best they can, and if you get in a wreck, you get in a wreck.  I’m not a fan of being the guy that rides around in the back and still gets wrecked.  I’d rather try and wreck rather than simply ride around trying to stay out of trouble and still get wrecked.  We’ll try our best to get up front and then stay up front this weekend."


No. 95 Procore 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 Ramirez         
Jackman: Charles Thacker
Fueler: Bailey Walker               
Rear Changer: Devon Youker
Front Changer: Jason Charles     
Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez
Pit Support: Brian Eastland

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