Kyle Busch would lead Joe Gibbs Racing with a second-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway while teammate Matt Kenseth earned a top-ten finish taking the checkered flag in ninth and Denny Hamlin battled through adversity to finish 21st.
Busch started his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota in the fourth position and wasted no time in jumping up into second at the initial start of the race. He would take his first lead of the day on lap 10 and would go on to lead the next 53 laps. Busch would race inside the top five for the majority of the day. Pit strategies would play a key part in determining track position as teams varied in taking either four, two, or no tires with each stop. A four-tire stop just after lap 200 would send him back outside the top 10 but two quick restarts allowed him to get the No. 18 Camry back to seventh by lap 217. The team would make a call for fuel only during a quick stop on lap 219 that put Busch in the 8th position on the restart. He would make a bit of contact with the 39 car on the restart which caused some damage to his right front fender, but Busch was still able to drive up into sixth before another quick caution followed. Fortunately the damage to the fender didn’t cause a tire rub and he would gain three more spots to take third in just two laps before yet another caution on lap 237. Busch would drive his way into the second position from there and was able to hold onto that spot through a green-white-checkered finish. Read more
Kyle Busch would lead Joe Gibbs Racing with an 12th-place finish despite being involved in a wreck as the checkered flag dropped in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately his teammates would fall victim to the night’s first big wreck with just over 10 laps remaining that left Matt Kenseth to finish 33rd and Denny Hamlin back in 36th.
Busch started his No. 18 Interstate Batteries All Battery Center Toyota on the pole and led 29 of the first 32 laps of the night. Although track position was decided mostly by which line was able to get the momentum, Busch spent a good portion of the night toward the front of the field. He would be running just outside the top ten behind his teammate Hamlin, when the 56 car got loose on lap 99 and spun down in front of the 11 car. Busch would try to check up but got into the back of Hamlin and would need to come down pit road several times to fix the damage to the right front of his Camry. He would have to restart at the back of the lead lap cars in 35th. Busch would quickly return to the top ten in the matter of just a few laps. He would try to get in position to race toward the front over the final couple of restarts, but was blocked in just outside the top 10. As the field came around turn four for a final time a big wreck would collect Busch and several others. He would be scored with a 12th-place finish. Read more
Matt Kenseth captured his fourth victory of the season in today’s rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Rain pushed the start of the race from Saturday night to this afternoon and the change from night to day would prove challenging to teams as did the continued threat of rain and a constant mix of clouds and sun. It appeared all three Joe Gibbs Racing teams adapted well however, with each racing among the leaders for much of the day. When it was over Kenseth had the win, while Kyle Busch finished fifth and an unfortunate blown right front tire would force Hamlin into the wall bringing an early end to what had appeared to be a promising day for the FedEx team. Read more
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