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Daytona: Take Two

Sprint Cup Series


From Denny Hamlin

The FedEx team ran well at Daytona earlier this year, do you expect to maintain that momentum in the July race?
“The Toyotas ran well at Daytona in February and we’re hoping to build off of that this weekend. We ran up front for much of the race in the 500 and were able to even lead some laps. We feel like we have as good of a shot at winning this as anyone out there. Obviously we’re closing in on the Chase and we have to respond to that pressure with a strong finish this weekend. Our goal is to be up there towards the end and hope we can move ourselves into a position to compete for the win.”
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Matt Kenseth Wins at Kentucky!

Matt Kenseth captured his fourth victory of the season in today’s rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Rain pushed the start of the race from Saturday night to this afternoon and the change from night to day would prove challenging to teams as did the continued threat of rain and a constant mix of clouds and sun. It appeared all three Joe Gibbs Racing teams adapted well however, with each racing among the leaders for much of the day. When it was over Kenseth had the win, while Kyle Busch finished fifth and an unfortunate blown right front tire would force Hamlin into the wall bringing an early end to what had appeared to be a promising day for the FedEx team.
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Sonoma Race Report

Sonoma Raceway proved to be anything but friendly for Joe Gibbs Racing this Sunday afternoon. Matt Kenseth’s 19th-place finish led the team in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota SaveMart 350, while Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were both dealt multiple setbacks and forced to settle for disappointing 23rd and 35th finishes respectively.

Kenseth started the No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota in sixth and was able to remain in the top-five through the early going, but once pit stops began, so did multiple strategies as teams tried calculate how best to manage fuel mileage on the 1.99-mile road course racetrack. Now shuffled back in the pack, Kenseth found the handling on his No. 20 Camry extremely tight as he raced his way back inside the top 20. The field continued to shuffle through different pit strategies and crew Jason Ratcliff and the Home Depot crew continued to make adjustments to help Kenseth drive back toward the front of the field. What proved to be the final caution of the day came out on lap 82 and the team made the decision to remain out on the track and restart second. Kenseth was able to hold that position through the restart but began sliding back through the field as he went into full fuel saving mode over the final ten or so laps. He would finish back in 19th.
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Infographic: How to Race the Road Course

As Joe Gibbs Racing heads to Sonoma Raceway, there are certain keys to road course racing that they must consider. The tight turns, fuel strategy and brake management all require special consideration, which we explain in this week’s infographic. Also, be sure to check out some fun facts about Sonoma that include sheep and the changes in elevation at the track.
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