All three of the Joe Gibbs Racing’s haulers are on their way to Phoenix International Raceway. Our transporter drivers have a 2,115-mile haul this week: Charlotte, NC to Phoenix, AZ! Watch the crews load up the trucks and head out onto the road.
Rain might have delayed today’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, but it certainly did not take away from the excitement of the sport’s premiere event.
Joe Gibbs Racing was a large part of today’s excitement with all three cars in the top ten in the closing laps, but when it was over, Denny Hamlin’s second-place effort would be team’s best finish on this night, while Matt Kenseth would earn a strong sixth-place finish, and a late accident left Kyle Busch back in 19th.
Joe Gibbs Racing swept tonight’s Twin 150 Duel Races at Daytona International Speedway.
Matt Kenseth won the first 60-lap qualifying race and was followed by another impressive effort from Denny Hamlin, who built upon his victory in last Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited Showdown with a victory in the second duel. Meanwhile Kyle Busch battled an ill-handling race car to finish 20th in the first duel.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unique to the remainder of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as the pole positions are the only two spots determined by the fastest lap times made during a traditional qualifying session. Austin Dillon earned the pole position last Sunday by running the fastest lap time and was followed by Martin Truex, Jr. who earned the outside pole spot.
The remainder of the field was set tonight based upon the results of two Twin 150 Duels run at Daytona International Speedway.
JGR teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch lined up ninth and 11th respectively for the opening Duel of the night. Kenseth would make his way to the front of the field on lap 28 and led a total of 31 laps en route to an impressive victory which included holding off a hard charging Kevin Harvick at the finish. The win means Kenseth will line up third for the start of Sunday’s Daytona 500. Meanwhile Busch was not as fortunate as he battled an ill-handling car to a 20th-place finish. He will line up 37th for the start of the race Sunday.
Denny Hamlin started No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota from the 11th position in the second duel and was able to build upon his impressive victory last Saturday in the season opening all-star race with another win tonight. He would take the lead with a well-executed pit stop on lap 37 and never looked back taking the checkered flag in first. The win will allow Hamlin to start Sunday’s Daytona 500 from the fourth position.
The Great American Race will once again provide the official start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when Fox carries the Daytona 500 live from Daytona International Speedway Sunday, February 23 beginning at Noon ET (race begins at 1 PM ET). The race will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.
Dave Alpern Named Chief Marketing Officer, Todd Meredith Promoted To Chief Operating Officer
Joe Gibbs Racing announced a re-organization to its management structure.
Longtime JGR executives Dave Alpern and Todd Meredith have been named Chief Marketing officer and Chief Operations Officer, respectively. Both have over 20 years of experience in the sport and have been invaluable assets to J.D. and Joe Gibbs since the team’s inception.
In the front office, Alpern will oversee the team’s three primary business units: Sponsorship, Communications and Marketing. Meredith will manage all departments involved in the racing operation.
“This is something that we believe will make us more efficient in all aspects of our organization,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Over the years we have grown from 18 employees to nearly 450 today, so it’s important to review our structure and make sure we are operating in an efficient manner that best serves our partners. Todd (Meredith) and Dave (Alpern) have been with us from the beginning of our organization and have had a tremendous impact on our growth over the past 20 years. Their leadership will help guide JGR for years to come.”