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Top 5 Joe Gibbs Racing Moments of 2013

Get ready to count down the Top-5 Joe Gibbs Racing Moments of 2013! It was arguably one of the best NASCAR seasons in JGR history. We’ve selected the Top-5 Moments based on the following criteria:

Momentum Builder: This category ranks an event based on how much momentum it created and how much success it led to.

Display of Strength: Did the moment make a statement? Did it show some muscle and instill fear in the competition? If it did, it will score well in this category.

History-Maker: Did the event have historical significance (for JGR or NASCAR as a whole) that will be remembered for many years to come?

Feel-Good Story: Some moments tug at your heart-strings and are compelling because of the back-story associated with them. If a 2013 moment did this, it will excel in this category.

Agree or disagree with our choices? Let us know why in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter. What were your Top-5 JGR Moments of 2013?

No. 5: 1,2,3,5 in Darlington!

Our Top-5 Moments of 2013 kicks off with the only visit to NASCAR’s oldest track – Darlington Raceway. Our four NASCAR Nationwide Series teams took to the difficult track on a hot evening in May and earned one of the best finishes in JGR history.

Finishing first is hard enough, but placing four cars in the Top-5 at the end of the race is a rare feat. Not only does each driver have to be on his game at one of NASCAR’s most challenging tracks, his crew chief, pit crew, and race car must perform flawlessly as well.

Kyle Busch won the race in the No.54 Monster Energy Toyota and would complete the season with an incredible 12 wins overall. Elliott Sadler scored the best finish of the season by crossing the line in second-place in his No.11 SportClips Toyota. Brian Vickers brought the Dollar General Toyota home in third, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the Top-5, placing fifth in his No.20 GameStop Racing Toyota.

JGR Finishes 1,2,3,5 in NW at Darlington. Momentum-Builder: 5; Display of Strength: 8; History-Maker: 3; Feel-Good Story: 5

No. 4: Denny Hamlin Wins at Homestead >

Denny Hamlin Wins at Homestead!

Joe Gibbs Racing completed one of the organization’s strongest seasons ever with a win by Denny Hamlin in today’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory was the first of 2013 for Hamlin and gave JGR 12 wins this season, which is the most in the organization’s 22 years of racing.

Matt Kenseth, who entered the day in second-place 28 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the Championship standings, started on the pole and led the most laps before capturing a strong second-place finish to his teammate. Kyle Busch also spent the majority of his day racing inside the top ten before taking the checkered flag in seventh.

Kenseth finishes the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in second place, 19 points behind Jimmie Johnson, while Busch finishes the season a career-best fourth in the standings.
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The Second Phoenix Race Review

Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with a seventh-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Meanwhile Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin battled through handling issues to finish 23rd and 28th respectively.

With one race remaining in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, Kenseth remains second in the point standings, but is now 28 points behind Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch remained fourth in the standings and is now 57 points behind Johnson and 23 points out of the third spot.
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