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. Read more
Kyle Busch came back from an early penalty on pit road to lead Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Matt Kenseth also finished in the top ten with a strong sixth-place run, while Denny Hamlin battled an extremely loose racecar all afternoon before settling for a 30th-place finish on the two-mile speedway. Read more
Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with two top-ten finishes in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Busch and Hamlin would finish sixth and eighth respectively while a late race accident left teammate Matt Kenseth back in 25th.
Qualifying was rained out Friday leaving the field to line up for the start of today’s race based upon current owner point’s standings. Busch started his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota in the eighth position and was able to fight his way toward the top five on the opening green flag run. Like much of the field Busch battled handling conditions on his M&Ms Camry, especially while in traffic, but still managed to remain inside the top 10 and was in eighth when the race went past the 100-lap mark. With 50-laps remaining Busch would radio in that his car was good but that he would start his runs following pit stops on the tight side. He would restart sixth with 31 laps remaining following a round of pit stops while under caution. Another caution would come out a few laps later and this time the 18 would line up seventh for the restart on lap 136. Busch was sixth on a restart with 19 laps to go and was able to make a tremendous move down low on the track to slide into third. He would hold third through the next run and restarted in the same position with 10 laps to go before yet another caution came out with seven to go. Busch would get bottled up in the bottom lane on the restart and went on to finish with a solid sixth-place run. Read more
Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.
What appeared to be a promising day for all three Joe Gibbs Racing teams, with each starting in the top four and leading a portion of the race, ended in disappointment for two. Matt Kenseth was forced to the garage from the lead with an early engine failure, while Hamlin was running in the top five late when a blown right front tire sent him into the wall. Hamlin would be scored in 29th at the drop of the checkered flag, while Kenseth was back in 40th. Read more
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