Matt Kenseth captured the win in what was a dominate night for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Kyle Busch dominated the majority of the race but a cut right rear tire on the last run of the night would leave him back in sixth, while Denny Hamlin returned to lead the 11 team to a second-place finish. Read more
“Last week was all about just going through the motions and getting the process of making a comeback — getting that started. We executed that and now this week in Darlington it’s about completing all the laps and being there at the end to have a shot at the win. We know what we have to do if we want to make the Chase, and this week is the first step, first race in that comeback. I’m ready to get to Darlington in the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota and compete for the win Saturday night.” Read more
Rain would play havoc all weekend at Talladega. First it cancelled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying and then it brought a red flag stop for over three and a half hours. The one thing you can still count on at Talladega Superspeedway however is “the big one”, when referencing major accidents that collect many cars and today’s Aaron’s 499 was certainly no different. Unfortunately for Joe Gibbs Racing “the big one” took out both Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers, who had relieved Denny Hamlin, on the day’s first caution.
Meanwhile Matt Kenseth, who spent the majority of his day at the front of the field, would get shuffled back in the draft on the green-white-checkered finish and was left with an eighth-place finish. Read more
Hamlin to Return at Talladega: Denny Hamlin will make his return to the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Hamlin missed the last four Sprint Cup Series races while recovering from a back injury sustained in a last-lap incident at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway on March 24. Exact plans for the FedEx Racing team at Talladega will be determined during the race weekend. Read more