It was clear from the outset of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam’s RV Insurance 500 that all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries brought a car capable of winning at Pocono Raceway. Indeed, all three teammates would share the lead through most of the day, but separate late-race incidents would keep each of them from their desired finish. Kyle Busch would lead JGR with a second-place finish, while Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were forced to settle for 15th and 26th respectively.
The final road course race of the season takes place in two weeks in Watkins Glen, NY. This unique race presents a great opportunity for teams outside of a Chase position to clinch a wild card spot with a win. Earlier this week, JGR sent its road course cars at Road Atlanta, a track where teams are permitted by NASCAR to test. Road Course expert Max Papis joined Joey Logano for the test to provide invaluable insight and instructions for improving road course techniques. We equipped this No. 20 Home Depot Toyota with a passenger’s seat – something you don’t see too often in NASCAR racecars.
In honor of Interstate Batteries’ and Joe Gibbs Racing’s 20th anniversary together in NASCAR, a series of press releases highlighting 20 big moments will be distributed throughout 2011. This is the 10th of the 20 releases. Attached is a photo of the Interstate Batteries/Joe Gibbs Hall of Fame tribute car that Bobby Labonte drove at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in July 1996. Credit is Interstate Batteries.
When the Class of 2011 is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this Saturday, the prestigious club will have 267 members. And while many of those greats from football have gone on to broadcasting careers or become highly successful businessmen, few have had the success in another sport like three-time Super Bowl-winning coach and 1996 inductee Joe Gibbs.
Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with a 10th-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Meanwhile teammates Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin would finish 25th and 27th respectively as different fuel strategies resulted in a shuffled field.