Joe Gibbs Racing proved to have one of the strongest teams on the track tonight for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Each of the three JGR drivers showed the ability to make a run to the front of the pack at any point it desired as they raced in two-car pods for each lap of the 160-lap race. There was no secret that teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch would partner for tonight’s race especially following last night’s Nationwide Series performance that resulted in a Logano victory. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin entered the weekend with the strategy to partner with the No. 39 car of Ryan Newman from Stewart-Haas Racing after the pair showed success together in February’s Daytona 500.
Joey Logano won his first race at the Daytona International Speedway Saturday night in his No. 20 SportClip Toyota! He had to fight his way from the rear of the field three times en route to his big win. After his qualifying run earlier in the day, his team has to change a clutch, forcing him to start at the rear of the field. Early in the race Logano spun into turn three off the bumper of the No. 11 car after slowing to avoid a competition who was off the pace. Then, about halfway through the event, Logano pitted for a loose wheel, sealing his third trip to the rear of the field. Read more
Six of our Sprint Cup cars (Three primaries and three backups) are already in Daytona at this time, but next week our teams visit the Kentucky Speedway for the first time. NASCAR is allowing the teams a test day on the Thursday before the normal weekend events begin. During this test we will be able to have data acquisition on our racecars to gather telemetry and data related to the performance of different aspects of the racecar. Read more
“I am really proud of Kevin Kidd and all of the guys on this Joe Gibbs Racing Team. They put me in a position to be a factor in this race. Unfortunately we just got wrecked by the 22 car while running third. We didn’t get the finish that we wanted but that has kind of been the story of our season. We were in good position though. I think we were going to make it on fuel. Kevin had a really good strategy for this race. It was good to lead some laps and the Shore Lodge Toyota was good all day. We just would have liked to have had a better finish than what we got.” Read more