Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All four JGR teams spent a majority of the night racing inside the top ten although only Matt Kenseth would manage to join Hamlin in such a position taking the checkered flag in seventh, while two pit road speeding penalties resulted in an 18th-place finish for Carl Edwards and a late-race accident left Kyle Busch in 33rd.
Since #11-Denny Hamlin won the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the most dominant team in NASCAR, capturing the checkered flag in 19 of the 36 points races (52.7%). #18-Kyle Busch leads the four-driver contingent with eight wins, followed by #20-Matt Kenseth’s five. #19-Carl Edwards has four victories, while Hamlin owns … Read more
Kenseth’s victory means all four Joe Gibbs Racing teams have essentially earned their spot in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series just 12 weeks into the season. In fact, JGR has won six of the last seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and has captured an incredible seven of the first 12 point races of the season as well as eight of 13 events overall (Denny Hamlin also won the season opening Sprint Unlimited all-star race in Daytona). The win was the 135th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory for Joe Gibbs Racing, tying the organization with Roush Fenway Racing for third-most wins in NSCS history.
Kyle Busch captured his third win of the season in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. It was a strong night across Joe Gibbs Racing with all four cars showing speed. Matt Kenseth earned a fourth-place finish, while Carl Edwards rebounded from being two laps down at one point to finish 11th and a late-race accident left Denny Hamlin back in 37th.
Busch started the No. 18 M&M’S Red Nose Day Toyota from the sixth position and was strong from the drop of the green flag as he raced his way into the top five. He would take his first lead of the day during a round of pit stops when crew chief Adam Stevens made the call for a two-tire stop on lap 26. Busch led the next 32 laps and he would race primarily inside the top five the remainder of the night. He would regain the lead with 37 laps remaining and held it through a couple of late restarts including the final one with 19 laps remaining. He would manage to hold that top spot through the restart and all the way to the finish despite pressure from the 4 car. The win was Busch’s third of the season and his first ever at Kansas Speedway.
It was a battle for survival in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
When it was over Kyle Busch was the only Joe Gibbs Racing to survive without major damage. He would lead the four-car team with a second-place finish, while separate accidents collected Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards at various times resulting in finishes of 23rd, 31st, and 35th respectively.