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The Daytona 500

A promising day turned to frustration for Joe Gibbs Racing in today’s 55th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
 
With just over 50 laps remaining in the Great American Race, JGR appeared set for a historic finish with all three cars running 1-2-3 and having led a majority of the day. Unfortunately engine problems would leave Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to finish 34th and 37th respectively, while Denny Hamlin got stuck in a slow bottom lane during the race’s final laps and finished 14th.
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The Sprint Unlimited

There was a new name and a few new wrinkles with fans voting for several aspects of tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. The once consistent factor however was the unpredictable nature of the race.

Only 19 cars in the field lined up for this non-points event which was run in three different segments as voted on by NASCAR fans. The first segment was 30 laps in length followed by a second segment of 25 laps and finally a third and final 20 lap race to the finish. Unfortunately by the time the first segment of the race was complete only 12 cars would remain on the track as a large accident on lap 15 took out seven cars including two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates.
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The Final Race of 2012

Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing in today’s season finale with yet another strong performance and top-five finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Busch would start his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota eighth and as was the case throughout much of the Chase he would prove to have one of the best cars on the track. Busch wasted no time in making his way to the front of the field as he had the lead by lap 15. Once again the M&Ms crew provide Busch with the dominate car today which would lead six different times for 191 laps. With only three cautions on the day it would come down to the final fuel run. Busch would cycle through as the leader but he would need one more stop to make it to the end while others who pitted later would be able to make it to the end. With no caution to help Busch would pit a final time with 14 laps to go and come back out 13th with 12 to go. He would impressively drive his way back toward the front of the field one last time to earn the fourth-place finish.
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Phoenix Race Report

It was a strong day for Joe Gibbs Racing with all three teams competing for a spot in the top five in the final laps of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. When it was over Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch would survive a wild ending to finish second and third respectively, while Joey Logano was not as fortunate as he got caught up in a big accident with just two laps remaining and had to settle for a 27th-place finish.
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