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Kyle Busch Wins at Indianapolis!

Kyle Busch led a record 149 laps and dominated today’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to repeat as Brickyard 400 champion and in the process swept the weekend of NASCAR racing. It was a strong day across Joe Gibbs Racing as well with teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin joining Busch in the top five with second and fourth-place finishes respectively. Meanwhile a late-race accident took Carl Edwards out of the top five to finish back in 35th.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 Skittles Toyota on the pole and was fast from the outset leading the opening 26 laps before a round of green flag pit stops allowed others to take the point briefly. However once the round of green flag pit stops concluded he would quickly ascend back to the lead where he continued to run through the halfway point of the race. He continued to lead when a caution with 40 laps remaining brought the leaders down pit road. The Skittles crew would keep him on point and Busch restarted as the leader with 33 laps remaining. The defending race champion would hold the lead through the restart when another caution came out with 29 laps to go. He would restart as the leader again with 26 laps to go. Busch would have to battle through several late cautions and restarts including two green-white-checker attempts to earn the hard fought victory. The win is JGR’s fifth Brickyard 400 victory.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in 18th and patiently raced his way toward the top ten which he entered shortly after the opening round of green flag pit stops. He was all the way up to sixth by lap 50. Kenseth continued his climb into the top five and was running fourth before lap 70. Kenseth moved into third just after the halfway mark. He continued to run third when a caution with 40 laps remaining brought the leaders down pit road. The Dollar General Camry would restart fourth with 33 laps to go. He would drop to fifth before another caution but used the ensuing restart to gain back those spots. Kenseth would hold the third position with 25 laps remaining. He would go on through several late restarts to finish second behind only his teammate Busch.

Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota from the fourth position and was able to race his way up into second where he remained at lap 50. Hamlin continued to run well and was in the sixth position at the halfway mark. A pit road speeding penalty during a round of green flag pit stops on lap 86 would force Hamlin to serve a pass through penalty dropping him back outside of the top 15. He was up to 14th when a caution with 40 laps remaining brought the leaders down pit road. Hamlin would line up 11th for the restart with 33 laps to go. Another caution would set up another restart with Hamlin in 10th with 26 laps remaining. Crew chief Mike Wheeler would bring Hamlin down pit road for four fresh tires following a caution with 10 laps to go and that move would pay off over the course of several late restarts as he managed to drive all the way up to finish fourth.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota from the second position but dealt with tight handling conditions early on and settled in to race just outside the top five on the opening green flag run of the race. He would re-enter the top five following the first round of green flag stops and was running third at lap 50. Edwards was up to second running just behind his teammate Busch at the halfway mark. He continued to run second when a caution with 40 laps remaining brought the leaders down pit road. Edwards would line up second for the restart with 33 laps to go. Another caution would set up another restart with 26 laps remaining. Edwards would get tight on the restart and drop back to run fifth. He was lined up fifth for a restart with six laps to go when contact from behind set off a chain reaction accident that left Edwards with major damage. His day would end back in 35th.

Busch captured the win, followed by Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five. There were eight cautions for a total of 34 laps and four lead changes among three different drivers. The race was extended 10 laps for a green-white-checker finish.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Pocono Raceway next Sunday. Live coverage of the Pennsylvania 400 will be carried by NBCSN on Sunday, July 31 starting with its pre-race show at 1 PM ET (race starts at 1:30 PM ET). Live coverage will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.

Matt Kenseth Wins New Hampshire!

Matt Kenseth patiently raced his way to the front of the field and led the final 31 laps to capture the win in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin earned top-ten finishes crossing the line in eighth and ninth respectively, while a late-race accident left Carl Edwards back in 20th.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in 18th but showed speed from the outset of today’s race as he began to climb his way into the top 10. Last fall’s New Hampshire race winner was up to eighth by lap 50 and was into the top five by lap 72. Kenseth would remain in the top five for the majority of the afternoon from that point. He would restart third with 75 laps remaining and was able to move into second on the restart and pressured the leader Martin Truex, Jr. for the next 30 laps before finally make the pass for the lead with 44 laps to go. A caution with 37 laps remaining would bring Kenseth down pit road for two tires and he would restart second behind Hamlin who did not pit. Within a couple laps he would have the Dollar General Camry back on point before another caution fell with 29 laps remaining. He would restart in first with 24 laps to go and drove away before another caution just four laps later. Kenseth would hold off his competitors through a couple more late restarts before earning his second win of the season.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota in second and wasted no time moving around pole sitter Jimmie Johnson for the lead on lap two. He would go on to lead 86 of the next 87 laps. Busch was never far from the front of the field this afternoon and he would take over the point again on lap 172 for 11 laps and then again on lap 185 for another 36 laps. A caution would set up a restart with 75 laps remaining and Busch would line up second for the restart after adjustments made to loosen up his Interstate Batteries Camry for the long run. He would drop back to run third shortly after the restart before a caution with 37 laps remaining. After another couple of cautions, Busch lined up third for a final restart with 11 laps remaining. Contact from several cars on the restart would shuffle the Interstate Batteries back outside the top five. He would finish eighth despite leading a race-high 133 laps this afternoon.

Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota from the fifth position and was up to third for a lap 40 restart following a two-tire pit stop under the day’s first caution. The 11 would lose a few spots on pit road causing him to restart eighth at lap 108 and he would run 10th at the halfway point. Hamlin would move into sixth on lap 248. A caution would come out with 37 laps remaining and crew chief Mike Wheeler would make the call for the FedEx Camry to remain out on the track while many of the other leaders pitted for fresh tires. That would put Hamlin at the point for the restart with 33 laps remaining. He would hold the lead through the initial lap but he couldn’t hold off his teammate Kenseth for long. Hamlin would restart second with 24 laps to go but this time he couldn’t get going when the green flag dropped and was shuffled back to fifth just a couple laps later. When a caution fell just four laps later Hamlin would bring his Camry down pit road for fresh tires leaving him to restart back in 25th with 17 to go. An accident in front of Hamlin on the restart would allow him to jump all the way into 15th for another restart with 11 to go. He would drive his way back into the top ten to earn a ninth-place finish.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 Sport Clips Toyota from the 13th position but was able to drive his way toward the top ten and an early two-tire pit stop following a competition caution on lap 36 would move him up to fifth for a lap 40 restart. He would continue to battle inside the top ten through most of the first half of the race and was ninth at the midpoint. Edwards would fall outside the top ten for much of the second half of the race, but managed to regain track position toward the end of the race and lined up eighth for a restart with 17 laps remaining. However contact from the 31 sent him up into the 5 car causing a chain reaction accident. The Sport Clips Camry would have to come down pit road for quick repairs and fresh tires. He would line up 25th for another restart with 11 to go before going on to finish 20th.

Kenseth captured the win, followed by Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five. There were seven cautions for a total of 36 laps and 13 lead changes among six different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next Sunday. Live coverage of the Brickyard 400 will be carried by NBCSN on Sunday, July 24 starting with its pre-race show at 2 PM ET (race starts at 3 PM ET). Live coverage will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.

Coughlin Keeps Points Lead After Redbud 300

When Cody Coughlin left Indiana’s Anderson Speedway in May, he left a winner, and now, despite a race that ended early for the 20 year-old, he is still the ARCA/CRA Super Series point leader. Coughlin will head to Indianapolis on Friday night on top of the standings after an early race parts failure resulted in a 19th-place finish for the No. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Camry.

The day started off about as well as it possibly could for Coughlin and his Team JEGS crew. They were near the top of the board in practice, they qualified second and ran in the top five for much of the early part of the 300-lap affair.

During a restart on lap 54, the Ohio native and another driver bounced off of each other numerous times on the first lap after the restart. During the confrontation the the driveline broke on his Super Late Model. As a result, Coughlin’s car spun to bring out a caution.

The JEGS.com crew, led by crew chief Jack Smith, quickly went to work to try to get the the car repaired and back out on track, but the car wasn’t fixable on this night.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver finished 19th after starting fourth and is already looking forward to the next event with how well the team was performing.

“It’s a real shame, because we had a car that definitely could have won tonight,” Coughlin said. “Thankfully, we should still have the points lead when we head to Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday night. I know that my crew will give me a car that can win there too, so we’ll rebound there.

“I’m just thankful to have a great crew. Seeing them quickly jump to work the way they did to see if they could fix it was really cool. Jack, Kevin (Hamlin, team manager), Scott (Wimmer, spotter), and Dave (Holt, crew member) always work as hard as possible for me. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the win for them tonight. Even though we didn’t get the win, I’m still really thankful for my parents (Di and John) and my sister Kennedi for their endless support, and for the good Lord for keeping me safe.”

Coughlin is back in action on Wednesday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the dirt at the Eldora Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Then he’ll be back in the Super Late Model at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday. He’ll close out his week at Anderson Speedway on Saturday night in the Pro Late Model in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour where he also leads the points.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook. Also be sure to check out Cody’s new website, www.codycoughlin.com.

DEWALT Announces Expanded Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth

DEWALT Increases Primary Sponsorship for Both the 2016 and 2017 Seasons

DEWALT Tools have the speed, strength, and toughness for the world’s hardest jobs. That’s why we are proud to announce an expanded partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). DEWALT’s expanded partnership reflects our confidence that JGR and No. 20 Toyota Camry driver, Matt Kenseth, have the speed, power, and reliability to win on the track.

DEWALT has added four races to their 2016 primary sponsorship aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by Matt Kenseth for the upcoming races at Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Homestead. DEWALT also announces that it will provide primary sponsorship for a total of six races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2016 with drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. Beginning with the 2017 season, DEWALT will take over the primary sponsorship for the majority of races on the No. 20 Toyota Camry in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

Along with the expanded schedule of primary paint schemes, DEWALT also has associate branding on the No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor.

This partnership comes at a perfect time as DEWALT recently launched their breakthrough DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ system, which includes a radical new battery technology that will transform the power tools space. The proprietary battery technology platform provides users with multiple voltage outputs from a single DEWALT battery pack – 20V MAX*, 60V MAX*, and 120V MAX* when two 60V MAX* batteries are combined – thus giving users the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. Learn more about the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ system and DEWALT’s continual breakthrough innovation at DEWALT.com.

DEWALT will have primary sponsorship with two cars this weekend at Daytona International Speedway to promote this launch. A special DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ paint scheme will appear on the No. 20 Toyota of Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the No. 20 Toyota of Erik Jones in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“We’re thrilled to continue to work with Joe Gibbs Racing as NASCAR and DEWALT share a lot of commonalities,” said Scott Bannell, Vice President for Corporate Brand Marketing, Stanley Black & Decker. “Our DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ launch ties perfectly to the power and freedom exemplified by racing.”

DEWALT will utilize NASCAR and JGR as one of the primary platforms to advocate the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ message. “This is a multifaceted program.” said Tony Merritt, Director of Motorsports, Stanley Black & Decker. “This is more than on-track visibility; it is a pillar of our end-user engagement strategy including trackside demos to get the products in the consumer’s hands, unique content for our digital platforms, and VIP hospitality to host our customers. Our end-user advocates are passionate about motorsports and we will leverage this partnership to interact with them digitally as well as in person at the races.”

“This an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing and for NASCAR,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are honored to be a part of what is really a historic announcement with the product launch of the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ system and put in place an agreement that will continue our partnership for years to come.”

“I think it’s great that we will be able to see the DEWALT Toyota on track this year for additional races in both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series, as well as knowing that DEWALT will be on our No. 20 Camry for the majority of our 2017 races as well,” said Matt Kenseth, “I’ve been so fortunate to be able to reunite with DEWALT these past two seasons, and knowing that we’ll be together for even longer, is really fantastic news for all of us at JGR.”

Kenseth is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings following last Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway. So far in 2016, Kenseth has accrued one win, two top-five, six top-ten finishes, and has led for a total of 429 laps. The two-time DAYTONA 500 Champion and 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion has enjoyed over 13 years partnered with DEWALT throughout his career. Kenseth earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2000 and also earned his first Sprint Cup Series win with DEWALT as a primary sponsor.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20, 60 and 120 volts. Nominal voltage is 18, 54 and 108. 12V MAX is based on using 2 DEWALT 60V MAX* lithium-ion batteries combined.

Matt Tifft Medical Announcement

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today a medical update on driver Matt Tifft, who will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain.

The slow-growing tumor was found during treatment and evaluation for a recent disc condition in his back. Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon and once cleared by physicians is expected to return to racing. The JGR rookie is anxious to return to the race track as soon as possible.

David Ragan has been enlisted to drive the No. 18 Surface Sunscreen/Rugged Maniac Toyota Camry XFINITY series entry for Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday at Daytona International Speedway.