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Daytona Race Report

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.
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Matt Kenseth Wins at Kentucky!

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.
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Sonoma Race Report

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.
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4th, 6th and 30th at Michigan

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.
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The Pocono Race Report

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.
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