RACE: Drivin’ for Linemen 200
TRACK: Gateway Motorsports Park
DRIVER: Darrell Wallace, Jr.
TRUCK: No. 54 Made In America Toyota Tundra
LAPS LED: 3 Times for 85 Laps
POINTS POSITION: 8th (43 points out of 1st)
Darrell Wallace, Jr. and the No. 54 Made In America Toyota Tundra team earned their first win of the 2014 season Saturday night under the lights at Gateway Motorsports Park in the inaugural Drivin’ for Linemen 200.
Starting the race from the second position behind rookie Cole Custer, Wallace quickly took the lead on lap one and with a strong Toyota Tundra, led the next 62 laps before making a green-flag pit stop on lap 63. Giving up the lead to make a scheduled stop, Wallace entered pit road for a routine stop, but issues on pit road extended the stop and dropped the team through the field and ultimately, one lap down to the leaders. The caution was displayed immediately after Wallace’s pit stop for an on-track incident and the team made the decision to take the wave around and return to the lead lap. Wallace restarted the race on lap 72 from the 12th position.
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a 14th-place finish in this afternoon’s Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile Denny Hamlin finished 29th and a broken left rear hub left Kyle Busch back in 41st.
Kenseth started his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota 21st and was able to race his way into the top 15 where he spent much of the afternoon. With clean air so important on the two-mile track the Dollar General team would use various pit strategies in an attempt to put the No. 20 Camry up front with the leaders, but the cautions didn’t fall exactly as needed to allow Kenseth to remain in the top five. He would use fuel strategy late in the race to grab a brief lead as the field cycled through stops on laps 189 and 190, but Kenseth would have to come down pit road eventually for a final splash of gas to make it to the checkered flag. He would go on to finish in 14th. Read more
Denny Hamlin started on the pole and led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Meanwhile an eventful day for his teammates left Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to finish 12th and 26th respectively.
Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota on the pole after winning Friday’s knockout qualifying session. Unfortunately he wouldn’t have the opportunity to hold the early lead when the 2 car bumped him from behind and sent him up the track. Hamlin would recover however and remain in the top five through the early going. He would eventually take his first lead of the day on lap 59 and was able to battle in the top five much of the afternoon. Hamlin would restart fifth with 13 laps remaining and was able to gain an additional spot to finish fourth and give the FedEx team consecutive top-five finishes. Read more
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Teammate Denny Hamlin joined Kenseth in the top five with a fifth-place finish while Kyle Busch was involved in an accident that left him in 42nd despite leading the first 81 laps of the race.
Kenseth started his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota 21st, but proved strong from the outset as he drove his way into the top 10 by lap 60 and entered the top five by lap 80. The Dollar General Camry would take its first lead on lap 159 and Kenseth would lead five different times on this day including a 13 lap stretch just prior to the halfway mark. He would race the remainder of the afternoon inside the top five. Kenseth would restart on the outside of race leader Jimmie Johnson with four to go, but didn’t get the restart he hoped for and dropped back to third. He would hold that spot to the finish and the third-place effort makes Kenseth and the Dollar General team the current leaders in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Read more
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch joined his teammate in the top-ten with a strong ninth-place run, while an unscheduled pit stop resulted in Denny Hamlin losing a lap to the leaders that he could never recover resulting in a 22nd place finish.
Kenseth started his No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota 12th and was able to move into the top ten over the course of the opening green flag run and his team provided an outstanding stop that allowed him to move all the way into fourth following the opening round of pit stops on lap 51. He would drop back to eighth over the course of the next green run but his pit crew delivered again and he was back in fifth on lap 100. A caution on lap 108 would bring Kenseth back down pit road for four fresh tires and he would restart fourth on lap 113. He continued to hold the fourth spot when a caution came out on lap 163. When the race reached halfway Kenseth found himself in eighth and The Home Depot crew would make adjustments on the next round of pit stops to help him turn better in the corners. Kenseth restarted 11th on lap 227 but used a tremendous restart to jump to fourth and was running third on lap 250. He would take his first lead of the night on lap 271 and continued to hold the top spot on lap 300. Kenseth would lead a total of four times for 33 laps on this night. He would use a tremendous restart on lap 384 to regain the lead, but Jimmie Johnson was able to reel in the 20 car and make the pass with eight to go. Kenseth would go on to finish third. Read more