It was a strong night for Joe Gibbs Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Kyle Busch earning an impressive second-place finish in the Bank of America 500, while Denny Hamlin crossed the finish line in ninth, and Joey Logano took the checkered flag in 12th.
Dollar General announced its new sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing that includes contenders in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series in 2012. Dollar General also announced plans to continue its Camping World Truck Series sponsorship with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2012. Dollar General will become the primary sponsor of JGR’s #20 Toyota Camry, driven by Joey Logano, for 12 Sprint Cup races. In addition, Dollar General will be the primary sponsor of JGR’s #11 Toyota, driven by Brian Scott, for a full season in the Nationwide Series. In 10 Nationwide races, Dollar General will also support an additional JGR car, either #18 driven by Kyle Busch or #20 driven by Logano. In the Camping World Truck Series, Dollar General will return for 10 races with KBM. The #18 truck will be driven by Busch.
Terry Saunier, better known around the fabrication shop as “Frenchy,” might be described as a “Jack of all trades.” Frenchy has worn a number of hats at Joe Gibb’s Racing over the years, from washing windows at pit stops to building parts in the fabrication shop, he has done it all.
Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with an 11th-place finish today in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Meanwhile teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano would finish 16th and 29th respectively.
Kyle Busch started his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota in the third position and quickly jumped up into the second spot following the drop of the green flag. The car would become loose just a few laps later however and cause him to drift back to sixth by the time the first caution came out. Busch would restart the race in the 14th position following that first caution, but was able to make his way forward to the front of the field once again. A two-tire pit stop would allow Busch to take the lead on lap 86 and pick up an important bonus point toward his overall standings in the point race. A few laps into the run the car would become extremely loose however and Busch would drop back to run fifth. Like many others Busch would battle the handle on the car as it shifted from loose to tight much of the day, but despite those challenges he would run top-five much of the race. Crew chief Dave Rogers would make the call for a two-tire change when a caution came out with 27 laps to go. Unfortunately the No. 18 Camry would suddenly become extremely tight and Busch would lose several positions on the ensuing restart. He was running in 10th when the day’s final caution came out to create a green-white-checker finish. The M&Ms crew would make another two-tire stop in hopes that the fresher tires would give the team an advantage over the final two laps, but this time the car would go extremely loose and Busch was forced to hang on for an 11th-place finish.
Judy Phillips has spent the last 19 years working on the showcar side of Joe Gibbs Racing. During that time, she has seen the sport evolve into something that goes far beyond on-track competition. Judy has been here from the beginning and provides a unique glimpse into an area of the sport that most people don’t know about– the showcars.