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Denny Hamlin wins at Chicago!

Joe Gibbs Racing opened the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship in the same way it concluded the NASCAR regular season: with a trip to victory lane. This time it was Denny Hamlin’s turn to claim the checkered flag in today’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. All three JGR teams would join their teammate in the top ten today with Carl Edwards claiming second, Matt Kenseth fifth and Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 121 laps, finished ninth.

The win automatically advances Hamlin into the second round of the Chase regardless of his finishes the next two weeks in New Hampshire and Dover. With today’s results, JGR now holds the top four spots in the standings, with Kenseth the current leader among Chase contenders, while Hamlin is second, Edwards third and Busch fourth.

Today’s win continued JGR’s recent dominance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The organization has now won the last three Sprint Cup Series race and nine of the last 12.

With qualifying rained out the field was set based on Friday’s first practice times. That left Hamlin to start his No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota back in 29th and he would face adversity right from the beginning when he spun on the bottom of the track on just the second lap of the day. Hamlin would fall a lap down after making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires. A lap 124 caution would allow Hamlin to use the wave around to get back on the lead lap and then another quick caution on lap 130 would allow him to hit pit road again for fresh tires. From there he would drive his way to the front of the field. He would lead for the first time on lap 240 but it was a final restart with five laps to go that Hamlin made his move for the win. Despite remaining out on the track following a caution and restarting third on older tires than many of the other leaders, Hamlin was able to drive his way to the front and held on for the final few laps for the win.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota in the 14th position. A pit road speeding penalty on lap 52 would force Edwards to serve a pass through penalty on lap 56 and eventually it would cause the 19 to go a lap down to the leaders. Fortunately a lap 124 caution would fall just at the right time and Edwards was able to use the wave around to get back on the lead lap after the leaders hit pit road. Another quick caution on lap 130 would allow Edwards to hit road once again for fresh tires. He would restart in 14th on lap 134. From there the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota began his climb back toward the front of the field as he entered the top ten. He would take his only lead of the day on lap 188 for six laps before a caution brought him down pit road once again. A late caution would leave Edwards to restart seventh with five laps remaining. Fighting for every spot in the Chase, the restart was aggressive up front and Edwards was able to go low and make it stick for an impressive second-place finish.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota from the 12th position and would spend much of the afternoon battling tight-handling conditions as he raced just inside the top 15 for much of the afternoon. Kenseth would manage to battle all afternoon to keep his spot on the lead lap while crew chief Jason Ratcliff and the Dollar General team made adjustments to help improve the handle on the No. 20 Camry. Kenseth would restart for a final time with five laps to go in the 13th position and managed to make it stick on the bottom of the track as he drove his way into the top ten and secured an impressive fifth-place finish.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota in seventh and quickly advanced toward the front of the field taking his first lead of the day on lap 46. He would manage to hold that lead for the majority of the next 125 laps. He would lead four different times on the afternoon for a race-high 121 laps. The M&M’s Crispy Toyota would become tight and Busch would drop to third late in the race. A caution with eight laps to go would bring the No. 18 Camry back down pit road for four fresh tires and he would line up fifth for a final restart behind several cars that made the decision to remain out on the track under the caution. Aggressive racing at the front of the field would leave Busch in a four-wide situation following the restart and he would make contact with the outside wall. Busch was able to race to the finish but had to take care to do so and the result was a solid ninth-place run.

Hamlin captured the win, followed by Edwards, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, and Kenseth out the top five. There were six cautions for a total of 28 laps and 17 lead changes among 10 different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continue the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship next weekend in New Hampshire. NBCSN will provide live broadcast coverage of the race starting at 2 PM ET (race begins at 2:15 PM ET) on Sunday, September 27.

Bosch Aftermarket NA Makes Fourth Donation of Year to Motor Racing Outreach for Matt Kenseth’s Victory in Richmond

Bosch-Supported Teams Win 22nd of Season

Matt Kenseth dominated Saturday night’s NASCAR® Sprint Cup SeriesTM Race in Richmond, leading 352 of the 400 laps as he drove his Bosch-equipped No. 20 Dollar General Toyota to his fourth victory of the season. In recognition of the victory, Bosch Aftermarket NA is making its fourth $1,000 contribution to Motor Racing Outreach. To-date this season, Bosch has contributed a total of $12,000 to the charities of Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers.

Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) works to support the motorsport community so that they may enjoy a more wholesome life together, and in turn, become good role models for millions of motorsport fans around the world. Originally founded in 1988 to serve the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing community, MRO has evolved over the years to serve other forms of motorsports such as motorcycle and powerboat racing. A faith-based organization, MRO’s mission includes introducing the racing community to a personal faith in Christ, encouraging active involvement in the church, understanding God’s Word and assisting in the development of leadership skills.

“It was impressive watching Joe Gibbs Racing dominate in Richmond as they have all summer long,” said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “Bosch congratulates Matt Kenseth on his latest triumph and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization on an incredible season. We’re proud to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, providing teams with the Bosch parts and systems that propel them to victory time and time again.”

Bosch Aftermarket has a long-standing partnership with NASCAR, providing oxygen sensors to all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Additionally, Bosch has provided quality parts — including spark plugs, injectors, alternators, coils, filters, fuel pumps, starters and pressure regulators — to multiple NASCAR teams for more than a decade, helping them to scores of wins and seven Sprint Cup Series championships since 2001.

Thus far in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Bosch-supported teams have won twenty-two races, garnering a total Bosch Aftermarket NA contribution of $22,000 to help their respective charities carry out their missions.

Cody Coughlin Fights to a Solid Finish in Bud St. Amant Memorial at Columbus

The “fight” in a man can reveal true character. The resiliency of Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS was tested several times over Sunday at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio. Not once did they back down. Their “fight” turned out a seventh place performance, which was impressive after having to go to the rear of the field early in the Bud St. Amant Memorial 125 for the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

The 19 year-old was fast in practice and found himself in the top-five early in the race after starting eighth. That’s when the test of character began.

Contact from another competitor forced Coughlin to pit road near the one-third mark in the race. After making repairs to the No. 1 JEGS Toyota Camry, the Delaware, Ohio native rejoined the field at the rear. Methodically, he picked off spots in traffic and with 25-laps to go, the Joe Gibbs Development Driver found himself 7th.

There was another challenge that lied ahead. The gap between he and sixth was significant and by the time the caution he needed came to fruition, the sun had baked a glaze over the 4/10′s of a mile track and frozen the advancement of most competitors.

Coughlin and his team never wavered in their effort, which resulted in a seventh place finish.

“Track position is everything at racetracks like this and we lost it after having to come to pit road to fix the car,” said Coughlin. “We fought hard, but by the time I got within striking distance the track lost all grip and we were all just hanging on.

“It’s tough because I know we could have won this one, but my guys (Team Manager Kevin Hamlin, crew chief Nick Easton, spotter Scott Wimmer and crew-member Dave Holt) never backed down. They made changes to the car that helped, but the car lost grip under these conditions.”

Coughlin’s sister, Kennedi, was the honorary starter for the Bud St. Amant Memorial. She threw the green flag to begin the race.

“It was really cool to have her do that. It was really nice to have her, my mom (Di) and dad (John), plus my grandfather (Jeg Sr.) here at the track today. So many family members, friends and employees from JEGS came out to support us and I really appreciate that.”

Cody Coughlin will now travel to Indianapolis, Indiana in just a couple weeks for another Super Late Model race. He will compete in the “Fall Brawl” at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 26-27 with the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit and follow Cody on Twitter, @cody_coughlin. You can also follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Matt Kenseth Wins Richmond!

Joe Gibbs Racing entered tonight’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway having won seven of the last 10 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That run of dominance would continue in tonight’s regular season finale with all four JGR entries running 1, 2, 3, 4 at one point in the race and Matt Kenseth picking up his fourth win of the season. When Kenseth took the checkered flag he was followed by teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin in second and sixth respectively, while Carl Edwards just missed joining them in the top ten with an 11th-place finish.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship will open next Sunday in Chicago with all four JGR teams competing for a chance to run for the title in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 10 weeks. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will enter the Chase with 12 bonus points courtesy of their four regular season wins (three points are awarded for each regular season win). Carl Edwards will start the playoffs with six points while Denny Hamlin has three. Sixteen total teams will open the Chase next weekend, with four teams eliminated after each three-race segment until a final four battle it out in Miami for the Championship. The first elimination will take place following the race in Dover on October 4 (New Hampshire follows Chicago).

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota from the outside pole but it only took 14 laps for him to take his first lead of the night. That lead was only interrupted during a round of pit stops when two cars decided to remain out on the track instead of joining the rest of the leaders on pit road. It didn’t take long for Kenseth to establish his position back on point after the restart however and he continued to dominant through the first half of the race. In fact, Kenseth would lead his teammates for a good stretch just prior to the midpoint of the race when all four JGR cars ran 1, 2, 3, 4. He would briefly give way to his teammate Busch on a restart at lap 218, but once again regained the lead just a few laps into the green flag run. A caution with 26 laps remaining would bring the leaders down pit road for a final time and Kenseth would maintain his spot on the point for the restart with 18 to go. He would go on to win in dominating fashion having led 352 of 400 laps for his fourth victory of the season.

Kyle Busch qualified the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy/American Heritage Chocolates Toyota in fourth and quickly gained a spot at the drop of the green flag to run third through the early going. Busch would continue to run third behind his teammates Kenseth and Hamlin through the halfway point of the race. He would use a great restart on the bottom of the track on lap 218 to grab his first lead of the night. Busch would give way to his teammate Kenseth nine laps later however, but continued to run inside the top five. He would restart fourth with 18 laps remaining after bring his M&M’s Crispy down pit road one final time. He would jump to the outside as the leaders hit the line and managed to go around the 43 and 22 cars to run in second behind Kenseth. Busch would go on to finish second.

Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota from the 25th position but quickly ascended into the top 20 and was running 18th by lap 15 and 15th by lap 25. He would continue his climb all the way through the field and took his first lead of the night following a restart on lap 126. He would give way to his teammate Kenseth on the next long green flag run but continued to hold second through the halfway mark. Hamlin would continue to battle inside the top five much of the night and lined up sixth for a restart with 18 laps remaining. He would manage to hold that position to the checkered flag.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota in the seventh position and was able to hold a spot in the top ten through the early going. He would run in the top five for much of the first half of the race but found the handling on his car change with tire wear on the longer green flag runs. He was running ninth at the halfway point of the race. Edwards would restart 12th on lap 218 after the team made big adjustments to his No. 19 Camry. The ARRIS Camry would continue to battle for a spot in the top ten and Edwards would come down pit road for a final time after a caution with 26 laps remaining. He would restart 11th and held that spot to the finish.

Matt Kenseth captured the win, followed by Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five. There were six cautions for a total of 47 laps and 13 lead changes among four different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will open the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship next weekend in Chicago. NBC will provide live broadcast coverage of the race starting at 2 PM ET (race begins at 3 PM ET) on Sunday, September 20.

Denny Hamlin Suffers Torn ACL in Right Knee

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that driver Denny Hamlin suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his right knee while playing basketball Tuesday night.

Hamlin had a MRI this morning to confirm the diagnosis and has been evaluated by the medical team at OrthoCarolina. He has received the medical clearance necessary to continue racing activities and is expected to race the remainder of the season and through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Hamlin will require surgery to repair the ACL damage following the season.

Hamlin is scheduled to address the media on Friday at 2:55 PM in the media center at Richmond International Raceway.