Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth earned top-five finishes to led Joe Gibbs Racing in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, while late-race contact and a resulting spin kept Denny Hamlin from joining his teammates in the top five and leaving him to finish a disappointing 22nd.
Busch started the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota 19th and was patient through the opening green flag run of the race while crew chief Dave Rogers called for adjustments to help his Camry turn a bit better as the sunset and the track cooled. He would restart 11th on lap 107 following a round of pit stops. He would gain a spot to enter the top ten and was running ninth at lap 140 and had moved up to seventh by lap 160. The M&Ms crew would gain another spot on pit road allowing Busch to restart sixth on lap 171 and he was into the top five before the halfway mark. He would drop back to ninth before a caution on lap 227 as he struggled on the exit of turns. He would restart ninth on lap 238. Busch struggled with the handling on his M&Ms Camry on the next run and dropped back outside of the top ten and was running 14th at lap 275. Busch would bring the car back down pit road on lap 300 and lined up 15th for the restart with 95 to go. He would gain several spots and following a pit stop he would line up 10th for a restart on lap 376. Unfortunately he would get hit from behind by the 51 car causing him to get into the 11 bringing out a caution. Another caution would follow with 15 laps to go and crew chief Dave Rogers would make the call to give up some track position to bring the M&Ms Camry down pit road for fresh tires. It turned out to be the right call as Busch restarted 16th with nine to go and gained eight spots on the opening lap. He would go on to gain five more spots over the course of the final laps to earn an impressive third-place finish. Read more
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Busch battled to a sixth-place finish, while a late pit road speeding penalty kept Denny Hamlin from joining his teammates in the top ten and he came home in 19th. Read more
A long day of rain Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway postponed the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 to Monday. Although there was no rain today, the moisture left over still played a role with the race starting under caution for the opening 10 laps to help dry out any remaining damp spots on the 1.5-mile oval. NASCAR also scheduled a competition caution so teams could check tire wear with the track having been washed clean of any tire rubber build up over the weekend.
When the 500 miles had been completed it was Kyle Busch leading Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish, while Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in seventh and Denny Hamlin earned a 13th-place finish. Read more
Saturday’s rain at Martinsville Speedway washed the track clean of all the tire rubber that had accumulated from Friday’s practice sessions resulting in a unique race with team’s anticipating changing track conditions throughout the course of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500.
When it was over Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a sixth-place finish, while Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in 14th and Denny Hamlin battled to finish 19th. Read more
The day started on a tough note for Joe Gibbs Racing when doctor’s determined that Denny Hamlin would not be cleared to race because of a sinus infection that was causing some issues with his vision. Fortunately Sam Hornish, Jr. was on-hand and was able to fill-in for Hamlin for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
The day would end on a higher note with Kyle Busch capturing JGR’s first victory of the 2014 season in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota.
Hamlin was taken to a local hospital for additional evaluation and released. He will undergo further evaluation this week in Charlotte. Meanwhile Hornish managed to bring the No. 11 FedEx Camry home in 17th, while teammate Matt Kenseth started from the pole in his No. 20 Dollar General Camry and went on to earn a strong fourth-place finish. Read more