Joe Gibbs Racing brought three of the fastest cars in the field to Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight, but when the longest race of the season had ended only Denny Hamlin would have a strong finish to reflect the team’s overall speed. Hamlin would finish fourth, while an accident ruined another strong night for Matt Kenseth, and an engine issue left Kyle Busch to finish 38th.
It was a night that included one of the most bizarre moments in racing and in sports in general, when a cable on the network television aerial camera broke on lap 123 and shot across the racetrack causing damage to several cars including the No. 18 of Kyle Busch as well as unfortunately injuring several fans. The race would have to be red flagged as NASCAR removed the cable from the track and allowed teams the opportunity to repair any damage to cars. Read more
This week’s infographic looks at what makes the Coca-Cola 600 special as the longest race in NASCAR and one of the biggest weekend’s in racing, plus some fun facts about Joe Gibbs Racing’s 2013 season so far. Read more
NASCAR’s Matt Kenseth crushed the opposition to win the first quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013.
The 2003 Sprint Cup Champion scored twice the points of his nearest rivals in a vote by an elite panel of American broadcasters and journalists
In racing terms Kenseth rolled off the hauler quickly in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing. In the first quarter ending May 12th he scored three wins (Las Vegas, Kansas and Darlington), two poles and led 781 laps. Read more
The annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race featured five race segments this year for a total of 90 laps. The first four segments were 20 laps each with a 10-lap sprint to the finish. Under the rules for this year’s race teams would come down pit road prior to the final 10-lap sprint in order of their average finish in the first four segments of the race. How they came off pit road would determine how they would line up for the final restart. Read more