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Richmond Race Report

Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth earned top-five finishes to led Joe Gibbs Racing in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, while late-race contact and a resulting spin kept Denny Hamlin from joining his teammates in the top five and leaving him to finish a disappointing 22nd.

Busch started the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota 19th and was patient through the opening green flag run of the race while crew chief Dave Rogers called for adjustments to help his Camry turn a bit better as the sunset and the track cooled. He would restart 11th on lap 107 following a round of pit stops. He would gain a spot to enter the top ten and was running ninth at lap 140 and had moved up to seventh by lap 160. The M&Ms crew would gain another spot on pit road allowing Busch to restart sixth on lap 171 and he was into the top five before the halfway mark. He would drop back to ninth before a caution on lap 227 as he struggled on the exit of turns. He would restart ninth on lap 238. Busch struggled with the handling on his M&Ms Camry on the next run and dropped back outside of the top ten and was running 14th at lap 275. Busch would bring the car back down pit road on lap 300 and lined up 15th for the restart with 95 to go. He would gain several spots and following a pit stop he would line up 10th for a restart on lap 376. Unfortunately he would get hit from behind by the 51 car causing him to get into the 11 bringing out a caution. Another caution would follow with 15 laps to go and crew chief Dave Rogers would make the call to give up some track position to bring the M&Ms Camry down pit road for fresh tires. It turned out to be the right call as Busch restarted 16th with nine to go and gained eight spots on the opening lap. He would go on to gain five more spots over the course of the final laps to earn an impressive third-place finish.
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Matt Kenseth Wins a 2013 Wisconsin Sports Award!

Green Bay Packers, Germantown Boys Basketball, Whitewater Football Dominate List of
2013 Winners at Third Annual Wisconsin Sports Awards

Good Karma Broadcasting’s ESPN Wisconsin announces the winners of the 2013 Wisconsin Sports Awards. The event, which took place Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Kern Center in Milwaukee, included appearances by Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy and Bo Ryan. Following are the complete list of winners:
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Darrell Wallace, Jr. Joins Lineup for No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series

Set to Make First NNS Start of 2014 at Talladega Superspeedway

Darrell Wallace, Jr. is set to make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start of the 2014 season at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 3, behind the wheel of the No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). The start will mark the 20-year-old’s fifth-career start in the series.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity for Darrell in Talladega,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has been doing a great job in the truck series with his KBM team and we want to make sure he continues to gain experience in our Nationwide Series cars as well.”

In his previous four starts in the Nationwide Series, Wallace earned one pole (Dover International Speedway) and three top-10 finishes in 2011. His worst finish in those four starts is 12th at Dover after contact on the last restart late in the race took him out of contention for a top finish.

“It’s good to be back behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series,” said Wallace. “I’m excited to work with Kevin Kidd and all the guys on this Nationwide Series team. I know they have a good Toyota Camry and Matt (Kenseth) has been running it all season long and posted good finishes. Hopefully we can go out there, stay out of harm’s way and add to that by posting a good, strong finish at Talladega for the No. 20 ToyotaCare team.”

Wallace currently competes full time in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) where after two races this season, he has one second-place finish and is eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) point standings.

In his only start at Talladega Superspeedway during the 2013 NCWTS season, Wallace started the race in his No. 54 Toyota Tundra from the 10th position and was poised for a solid finish before being caught in the ‘Big One’ on the final lap exiting turn four. Wallace took the white flag from the fifth position, but once the dust settled from the last lap incident, he was credited with a 17th-place finish.

Wallace joins Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez, who is set to make his series debut at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, as drivers of the No. 20 JGR Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.