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
The matte black Monster Energy Camry and Sam Hornish Jr. were together again in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series program, this time with a checkered flag as the result. Last race, Hornish Jr. debuted with the 2013 season 12-time winners and produced a fifth-place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. This week, his second of seven scheduled primary events, he and crew chief Adam Stevens bridged the learning-curve to produce a dominating performance on the .875-mile Iowa Speedway in Newton. The JGR Toyota Camry led the field four times for a race-high 167 of 250 event laps before taking home the win. Read more
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third place finish tonight in NASCAR’s annual Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile Denny Hamlin finished ninth and an early accident left Kyle Busch to finish 21st in the non-points race.
This year’s Sprint All-Star race consisted of 90 total laps around the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 90 laps were run in five segments, including four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap dash to the finish. Pit stops were optional through the first three segments. Upon conclusion of the fourth 20-lap segment the running order was adjusted based upon the average finish from the first four segments. Pit road then opened for a mandatory four-tire stop and the order of the cars returning to the track determined how they took the green flag for the fifth and final segment.
The All-Star Race also has a unique qualifying format with each team completing a three-lap circuit that also includes a four-tire pit stop. Kyle Busch put together the second best time during the evening’s qualifying session, while Matt Kenseth was eighth and Denny Hamlin slid through his pit box causing a slower time and leaving him to start the race in 22nd. Read more