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Texas Preview - No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Preview
Oct 29, 2019

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Notes:

JOIN THE PROCORE CREW: Become a member of the No. 95 Crew today to get your free, collectible Matt DiBenedetto 95 hero card. Plus, you can enter to win exclusive Procore No. 95 Car merchandise.  Visit www.procore.com/95crew to enroll today.

DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 31.2 and an average finish of 29.9  He’s completed 2,604 of 2,675 (97.3 percent) career laps at the Fort Worth, Texas track.

BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Leavine Family Racing returns to the state where it all began for this organization, and a track we consider our original “home track” on the circuit.  The single-car team was founded in 2011 by Tyler, Texas residents Bob and Sharon Leavine, two individuals who were passionate about NASCAR and started the team to make a positive impact on the sport and community.

2019 HARD HAT HERO: This weekend at Texas, the 2019 Hard Hat Hero recipient’s name will ride aboard the No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry.  Procore’s third annual competition is a search of construction professionals who make meaningful impacts on their communities, and 2019’s winner is Wes Bowlin, a Project Manager at Rabren General.  Bowlin is best known in his community for donating the majority of his personal time to students who would benefit from learning valuable construction skills.  In winning the 2019 Hard Hat Hero competition, Bowlin received a $5,000 charity donation to the Auburn High School Construction Program and is attending this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway as a guest of the No. 95 Procore team.

RACE INFO: The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 3rd. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

4/11/2015

Event

Duck Commander 500

Start

42

Finish

34

Laps

330 / 334

Status

Running

Date

11/8/2015

Event

AAA Texas 500

Start

38

Finish

35

Laps

328/ 334

Status

Running

Date

4/9/2016

Event

Duck Commander 500

Start

29

Finish

34

Laps

327 / 334

Status

Running

Date

4/9/2017

Event

O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Start

26

Finish

31

Laps

327 / 334

Status

Running

Date

11/5/2017

Event

AAA Texas 500

Start

28

Finish

25

Laps

332 / 334

Status

Running

Date

4/8/2018

Event

O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

Start

30

Finish

16

Laps

329 / 334

Status

Running

Date

11/4/2018

Event

AAA Texas 500

Start

31

Finish

38

Laps

300 / 330

Status

Crash

Date

3/31/2019

Event

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Start

26

Finish

26

Laps

331 / 334

Status

Running

 

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

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

33

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

7

Poles

0

Laps Led

152

Avg. Start

20.9

Avg. Finish

18.5

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

173

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

11

Poles

0

Laps Led

175

Avg. Start

29.2

Avg. Finish

26.9

 

From the Driver’s Seat:
Matt DiBenedetto: “The two ends of the track at Texas are different from one another, so that’s the main thing that sets Texas apart from other 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit.  In Turns 1 and 2, you have to slow down more, where in Turns 3 and 4, you just hold the throttle wide open since it’s super high banked on that end.  When they redid the track, they took banking out of (Turns) 1 and 2 so that makes drivers have to lift off the throttle more on that end of the track and in (Turns) 3 and 4 it’s almost like a superspeedway type of corner because we’re wide open.  As for the things we need out of our Camry to run well at Texas, our car needs to have good speed when you’re running wide open, but it also has to handle well on the Turn 1 and 2 side of the track.  Finding that good balance with speed and handling are important for Texas.  We’re a bit limited on lane options, but during the race you’ll hopefully be able to try the areas where they’ve sprayed to help with grip to be able to use it in both ends of the track to hopefully race side-by-side.  Kansas we were able to run in whatever lane the guy in front of you wasn’t, but at Texas is a bit more line-sensitive which makes it a little more track position dependent.  There can be a little more tire strategy at Texas this weekend than we had at Kansas since Texas we typically don’t seem to use up tires as much so you will probably see more tire strategies in play.”
 
From the Pit Box:
Mike Wheeler:
“Texas is one of those places that has two different and distinct corners, which makes it a bit unique, even though it’s similar to Kentucky.  It used to be similar to Charlotte, but that went away when they repaved it.  The repave and the hard tire combination makes for it being a separate track from the rest of the 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit.  There is very little tire falloff over the course of a run.  The banking in Turns 3 and 4 is so heavy at 24 degrees that you end up being wide open there most of the time where Turns 1 and 2 are flat enough that it becomes a fairly typical corner for the 550 spec.  You truly have to worry about the handling in one of the corners and not both of the corners at Texas which is neat in the fact that you just need to get in and off Turns 1 and 2 to race well.  If you do not have a good corner there, you pay big speed penalties in a hurry because you are wide open in (Turns) 3 and 4 and any kind of speed deficient you are in (Turns) 1 and 2 will hurt you the entire time.  There will be grip spray in the upper lanes this weekend and that might allow for some passing abilities, especially when it comes to lapped traffic or slower cars, as well as it will be helpful for restarts.  Texas will be a track position and execution race.  It’s supposed to be pretty cool this weekend temperature-wise which amplifies the no tire falloff scenarios, so I see it playing out very similar to how it did in the spring.”

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
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 Procore Technologies:
Procore is a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction. Procore connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform to help construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects—safely, on time, and within budget. Procore has a diversified business model with products for Project Management, Construction Financials, Quality & Safety, and Field Productivity. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, with offices around the globe, Procore is used to manage billions of dollars in annual construction volume. For more information about Procore, visit procore.com.