After several weeks of great weather on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, the rain finally caught up in Chicago, delaying the start of today’s Geico 400 and then causing a long red flag delay just before the halfway mark. The delay would last more than five hours and day would turn to night before the green flag was waved once again, but once it did Joe Gibbs Racing would prove to be the dominant team with Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch taking turns at the lead before finishing first and second to open the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Denny Hamlin appeared certain to join his teammates in the top ten before a late-race engine issue sent him to the garage with 20 laps to go and left him to finish back in 33rd. Read more
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a sixth-place finish in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Meanwhile teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin finished 19th and 21st respectively.
This was the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Matt Kenseth will enter the Chase next Sunday as the number one seed with 15 bonus points courtesy of his five wins, while Kyle Busch is right behind his teammate with 12 points courtesy of his four victories. An early season back injury that sidelined Denny Hamlin for four weeks kept the veteran driver from qualifying for the Chase for the first time in his career. Read more
Kyle Busch and the M&Ms team patiently waited for their opportunity, and then made the most of it when it came, to earn a win in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Meanwhile Matt Kenseth battled from a lap down to a 12th-place finish, while a mechanical failure ended what was already a rough night for Hamlin, who finished 38th. Read more
“Atlanta has been a good track for me over these last few years and we’ve always had a car that can contend for a win. We have come close to getting the win several times, and last year everything from the car to the pit crew fell into the right place and we finally got a win with our Sport Clips Toyota Camry. This season we have definitely struggled, but hopefully we can build off last year’s win and get us a good finish this week and maybe repeat the win from last season.” Read more