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Statements from Joe Gibbs and FedEx on the Passing of Jason Leffler

Statement from Joe Gibbs Racing Owner Joe Gibbs on the passing of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler:

“Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing is saddened to learn of the passing of Jason Leffler last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and especially to his son Charlie. We feel fortunate to have had him as part of both our Nationwide Series program and of course in the Cup Series where he helped us launch the No. 11 team with FedEx. NASCAR is unique in that it really is one large family and Jason was well liked by all that knew him. His loss will be felt across the entire sport.”

Statement from FedEx Senior Vice President of Marketing Laurie Tucker on the passing of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler:

“Everyone associated with our Joe Gibbs Racing sponsorship team is deeply saddened about the loss of Jason Leffler. He was an integral part of the formation of the No. 11 team at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005 and our hearts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

The Pocono Race Report

Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with two top-ten finishes in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Busch and Hamlin would finish sixth and eighth respectively while a late race accident left teammate Matt Kenseth back in 25th.

Qualifying was rained out Friday leaving the field to line up for the start of today’s race based upon current owner point’s standings. Busch started his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota in the eighth position and was able to fight his way toward the top five on the opening green flag run. Like much of the field Busch battled handling conditions on his M&Ms Camry, especially while in traffic, but still managed to remain inside the top 10 and was in eighth when the race went past the 100-lap mark. With 50-laps remaining Busch would radio in that his car was good but that he would start his runs following pit stops on the tight side. He would restart sixth with 31 laps remaining following a round of pit stops while under caution. Another caution would come out a few laps later and this time the 18 would line up seventh for the restart on lap 136. Busch was sixth on a restart with 19 laps to go and was able to make a tremendous move down low on the track to slide into third. He would hold third through the next run and restarted in the same position with 10 laps to go before yet another caution came out with seven to go. Busch would get bottled up in the bottom lane on the restart and went on to finish with a solid sixth-place run.
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The Team Heads to Pocono and Iowa

Sprint Cup Series

From Denny Hamlin

What is the key to success at Pocono?
“Since the track was repaved, it has changed a little bit, but you really have to get your car working in all three corners to make speed at Pocono. The front straightaway is long, so your car really has to be setup well for Turn 3. It’s going to be really fast in these new cars, and I’m looking forward to going out there Sunday to put on a good show for the fans. We were certainly disappointed with the way Dover ended for us, and now it’s up to our FedEx team to dig down and capitalize on some of our better tracks coming up.”
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Dover Race Report

Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.

What appeared to be a promising day for all three Joe Gibbs Racing teams, with each starting in the top four and leading a portion of the race, ended in disappointment for two. Matt Kenseth was forced to the garage from the lead with an early engine failure, while Hamlin was running in the top five late when a blown right front tire sent him into the wall. Hamlin would be scored in 29th at the drop of the checkered flag, while Kenseth was back in 40th.
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