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Reser’s Fine Foods and GameStop Return to Sponsor Matt Kenseth in 2014 Nationwide Series

Reser’s Fine Foods Increases Sponsorship to Seven Races; GameStop Returns for Seventh Season with 10 Races

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that Reser’s Fine Foods and GameStop will return in 2014 to sponsor Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota.

Reser’s Fine Foods will appear on JGR’s No. 20 Toyota seven times during the 2014 season starting with the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 22. Meanwhile, GameStop will return for their seventh season with JGR in the Nationwide Series with 10 races that start in Las Vegas on March 8 and conclude with the season finale at Homestead on November 15.

Last season Kenseth returned to drive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the first time since a single race in the 2011 season. Kenseth made 16 total starts in 2013 and recorded two wins, seven top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. He gave each of his sponsors a trip to victory lane, winning the July Daytona race with GameStop and giving Reser’s Fine Foods its first ever win in October at Kansas.

“It’s exciting to have GameStop and Reser’s Fine Foods back on board with us this season,” said Kenseth. “They are tremendous partners and I am looking forward to working with Kevin (crew chief Kevin Kidd). Hopefully we can provide a few celebrations for each of them in victory lane this season.”

The No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota will appear in seven races in 2014 beginning with the season opener in Daytona on February 22. The seven race schedule for Reser’s Fine Foods is as follows:

February 22 Daytona
March 1 Phoenix
May 24 Charlotte
June 27 Kentucky
July 26 Indianapolis
August 9 Watkins Glen
October 4 Kansas

“We applaud the determination and winning drive Matt and JGR displayed last year,” said Mark Reser, president and CEO of Reser’s Fine Foods. “Sponsoring this championship caliber team helps us increase the visibility of our brands and reach new customers in key markets across the country. It’s a win-win partnership.”

Meanwhile the No. 20 GameStop Toyota will appear in 10 races in 2014 beginning in Las Vegas. The complete schedule for GameStop is as follows:

March 8 Las Vegas
March 15 Bristol
March 22 California
April 4 Texas
April 11 Darlington
May 31 Dover
September 5 Richmond
October 10 Charlotte
November 1 Texas
November 15 Homestead-Miami

“Our GameStop team is thrilled to have Matt back as our driver and for him to be wheeling the No. 20 Toyota again for us,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising for GameStop. “I’ve been a fan of NASCAR for more than 20 years, and the excitement surrounding Matt has never been higher. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that he is also a huge gamer. I hear he tells people gaming is his ‘homework’ since GameStop is his sponsor. Not only is Matt great for NASCAR, he’s great for GameStop. We look forward to a very successful year with the No. 20 team.”

Sam Hornish, Jr. to Drive No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Seven NNS Races in 2014

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that it has signed driver Sam Hornish, Jr. to drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2014.

“I’m excited about driving the No. 54 Monster Energy car this year. It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Hornish. “It’s the best possible situation for me to jump into great equipment and have the opportunity to go right out and win. After working with Penske for 10 years and now to have the opportunity to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. These are great people, top notch. To partner with Kyle, and all this team provides, with the support of Joe and J.D., it provides me with everything I need to succeed. It’s also a phenomenal opportunity for me to partner with a market leader such as Monster Energy. The brand identity and fan following that goes along with this sponsor is super. I can’t wait to get into that car!”

The No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota will run a full season schedule for JGR with crew chief Adam Stevens returning to call the shots from atop the pit box. Kyle Busch will return to pilot the Camry in 26 races, while Hornish will fill the driver’s seat in the remaining seven races.
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The No. 1 Moment of 2013 … Matt Kenseth’s First Win with Joe Gibbs Racing!

When Matt Kenseth won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after only three races with his new team, it sent a clear message to all of NASCAR; the No. 20 team is back and laid the groundwork for the team being a force to be reckoned with for 2013.

Everyone was already watching to see how the veteran driver would perform with a new team, a new crew chief and a new car. While Matt has always been a talented driver with a championship and two Daytona 500 victories on his resume, change can be difficult, and it can often take some time to adapt.

It turned out that all the time that the No. 20 team needed was three races.

Matt and his new crew chief Jason Ratcliff formed a strong relationship early on. The team was dominant at the Daytona 500, running up front for most of the race as they led for a total of 86 laps before engine problems put them out of the competition. Two weeks later at Las Vegas, they had worked out the kinks and brought home the trophy.

Matt started his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the 18th position at Las Vegas after rain washed out qualifying, but wasted no time making his way into the top-10. He drove his way up to eighth by lap 20, and broke into the top five on lap 151. When a caution came out with just over 40 laps remaining, the Dollar General team made the call for fuel only allowing Matt to restart as the leader on lap 230. Matt led the field to the green flag on the restart, but another caution came out with 32 to go. The yellow flag did little to deter him and the Dollar General team, however, as he took the lead on the restart and held off a hard-charge from Kasey Kahne during the final 20 laps to get the win.

“I was really nervous,” commented Matt from Victory Lane that day. “All day Kasey Kahne had the best car, and I told Jason (Ratcliff) with about 12 (laps) to go — I apologized to him, ‘I’m sorry man, I’m beat.’ I was getting too tight and I was killing the right front tire. I just had to make sure I stayed in front of Kasey since we didn’t have quite the fastest car at the end, but we had it where it needed to be. We had great pit stops and great pit strategy. We were in the right place at the right time and we took advantage of it.”
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No. 2: Darrell Wallace Jr. Wins at Martinsville

“We Came. We Saw. We Conquered.” @bubbawallace

It was history in the making as Darrell Wallace Jr. crossed the finish line at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with tears in his eyes. The 20-year-old driver’s first-place finish was not only a personal victory, but also a victory for the whole sport. Darrell became the second African American driver to win a NASCAR National Series race in the history of the sport.

“I’m speechless right now,” Darrell said. “I couldn’t even hold it together coming off (turn) four with the checkered. I still can’t.”

Darrell dominated the Saturday evening race at Martinsville leading 96 laps and winning a final restart with five laps to go to bring home the checkered flag. It was his 19th start in his rookie season as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and his first win in a NASCAR National Series.

A win was certainly pending for the young driver, but had kept eluding him. Darrell was confident, however, as he went into the weekend race at Martinsville. He had come close to winning several times before, but costly wrecks had ruined those opportunities. At Martinsville, he was not going to try to win. He knew he was going to win before the green flag dropped.

“I had so much confidence coming into this race,” Darrell said. “I told my guys that I did, and I told everybody that asked if I was going to win I said, ‘Hell yeah’ every time. So, it was no maybe we’re going to try, this one was for sure and we capitalized.”
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