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Drivers Confirmed to Pilot No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in Upcoming NASCAR XFINITY Series Events

Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones Add Additional Races
Boris Said to Pilot Monster Energy Camry in Seven Events in 2015

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Denny Hamlin will fill in for Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry in this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and in four subsequent events.

Kyle Busch continues to rest comfortably in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina before rehabilitating from a compound fracture of the right lower leg and left mid-foot fracture, both injuries resulted from an accident during the February 21 XFINITY Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

No specific timetable has been announced for Busch’s return to the race track, however interim drivers have been confirmed to pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota moving forward. JGR teammate Hamlin will compete in the role this Saturday, March 7, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and again March 21 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana (Ca.), April 10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, April 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and May 23 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Hamlin is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 11 Toyota and was previously confirmed to run in six JGR XFINITY Series events this season in support of other team sponsors. This brings Hamlin’s 2015 XFINITY Series schedule now to 11 events.

In addition, JGR announces that team member Erik Jones will again drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the XFINITY Series next weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway on March 14 and subsequently April 24 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, for a total of three race events supporting the No. 54 team. Jones raced this past weekend with the Monster Energy program at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and accomplished a 13th-place finish from a 12th-place qualifying effort.

Jones continues to run a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for JGR in the No. 20 NASCAR XFINITY Series Camry. This brings Jones’ 2015 XFINITY Series schedule now to an estimated 19 events.

Also joining the Monster Energy/Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers to support the No. 54 Toyota this season is Carlsbad, California native Boris Said. As in the previous two years when JGR named substitute drivers to supplement Busch’s schedule, the 52-year old NASCAR veteran will pilot seven XFINITY Series events with the No. 54 team including Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 2 and non-companion XFINITY series events at Iowa Speedway in Newton on May 17 and August 1, Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on June 20, Mid Ohio Sportscar Course on August 15, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 29 and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on September 26.

Although known primarily for his superior road-course racing abilities, Said has competed in 137 events across NASCAR’s top three divisions, on all types of racetracks. Additionally Said has recorded time in the K&N East/West Series, ARCA, V8 Supercars, Grand-Am Sports Car, American Le Mans, Tudor United Sports Car and other exhibition series races. Said has experienced on-track time with various team owners and with all of NASCAR’s manufacturer partners including Toyota Racing in 2010. In the XFINITY Series Said has registered 23 races and one victory earned in 2010 at the Montreal, Canada event.

“We hate this for Kyle (Busch) obviously and I think everyone is focused on getting him back healthy,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We can’t thank Monster Energy and all of our partners enough for working with us while Kyle is recovering and certainly it is nice to have Denny (Hamlin) and Erik (Jones) ready to fill in. We’re also excited that Boris (Said) will have the opportunity to drive the car for seven races in 2015.”

“We are excited to be able to have talent like Denny (Hamlin), Erik (Jones) and road racing guru Boris Said to come in and back up Kyle in tough times. Of course we miss Kyle and wish he was out there for us, but we have full confidence in all our guys,” states Vice President of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy Mitch Covington.

Comcast’s Two Premier Brands, Comcast Business and XFINITY, Sponsor Car Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015

Comcast Business to be primary paint scheme during KOBALT 400 in Las Vegas and Food City 500 in Bristol
XFINITY to be primary during Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville

Comcast announced today it will join Carl Edwards and the No. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing as primary sponsor for four races in 2015.

The partnership will kick off at the KOBALT 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, with Comcast Business as the primary paint scheme for Edwards’ Toyota Camry, marking the first major sponsorship deal in NASCAR for Comcast’s business services unit that provides data, Internet, TV and other communication services to organizations of all sizes. Comcast Business will also be featured at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19. The four-race partnership will round out with XFINITY, the company’s residential brand for Internet, TV and other communication services, taking over as primary paint scheme for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 27, and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1.

“We’re excited about this partnership with Comcast as they continue to grow in the sport, and I’ve had a great time so far working with them in preparation for Las Vegas,” said Edwards, who will have ARRIS on board his No. 19 Toyota seventeen times during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season.

“I’m excited to continue to build the relationship with them this year and hopefully we can put them into victory lane.”

Edwards, a 12-year veteran of NASCAR’s top-tier series, has 23 wins to his credit; five of which came at tracks where the Missouri native will carry the Comcast Business colors this season.

“We could not be more excited to partner with Carl Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing as a sponsor of the No. 19 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said Matt Lederer, Senior Director of Sports Marketing for Comcast. “Carl’s success on the track and his affinity for technology off the track makes him a great ambassador for Comcast. We are confident he will do an outstanding job representing our organization as well as our customers, and we can’t wait to kick off this relationship at Las Vegas.”

In 2015 Comcast joined the NASCAR family as its XFINITY brand became the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series, formerly the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the Official Entertainment Provider of NASCAR. Comcast and NASCAR announced the agreement in September 2014 to make XFINITY the third title sponsor in the storied 30+ year history of the series.

Hisense Partners with Joe Gibbs Racing and Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hisense is pleased to announce a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by Denny Hamlin for two races in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series. The brand has also announced it will sponsor the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 23.

The consumer electronics manufacturer made these announcements on the heels of its first foray into NASCAR with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Hisense is the No. 2 UHD (ultra-high definition) television manufacturer in the world and the No. 1 television manufacturer in China for the past 11 years. Globally, it has produced over 129 million televisions and is the fourth most sold TV brand in the world.
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Reser’s Fine Foods Returns to Sponsor Matt Kenseth in 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series

Matt Kenseth Will be Exclusive to the Reser’s No. 20 Toyota for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series races

Reser’s Fine Foods and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announce today that Reser’s Fine Foods will return in 2015 to sponsor Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Reser’s Fine Foods will appear on JGR’s No. 20 Toyota five times during the 2015 season, starting with the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 28.

“Sponsoring NASCAR continues to give us the opportunity to engage with our consumers,” states Brenda Killingsworth, trade marketing manager for Reser’s. “From sampling product on the track, to creative promotions in retail stores across the country, our partnership with JGR provides a tremendous marketing platform to support our business.”

In 2014, Matt Kenseth earned one win, 10 top-five, and 15 top-ten finishes in the series. Kenseth will return in 2015 to pilot the Reser’s Toyota for five races and will be paired with Michael Wheeler, who makes his debut in the role of crew chief after several years as an engineer on JGR’s No. 11 Sprint Cup Series team. Kenseth raced in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series in 2013 for 16 starts, in what many viewed as a transition year with a new race team for the veteran driver. In 2013, Kenseth and his Reser’s team earned two victories, including Reser’s first win as a primary sponsor at Kansas Speedway, seven top-five, and 14 top-ten finishes during the season.

“I’m excited to work with Reser’s again this year,” said Matt Kenseth, “It has been a lot of fun representing their deli salad and baked side dish brands over the last few seasons, and I’m happy to know that we’ll be working together again. We were able to grab them a big win along the way, but I’d like to add to that total for them this year.”

The No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota will appear in five races in 2015. The race schedule for the No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota is as follows:

February 28 Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 14 Phoenix International Raceway
May 30 Dover International Speedway
September 19 Chicagoland Speedway/td>
October 17 Kansas Speedway

JGR Development Driver Coughlin Paving a New Way at Daytona

19-Year-Old to Be the First Coughlin to Race at World Center of Racing

For drivers in drag racing it’s Pomona, California. For many open wheel competitors it’s Indianapolis, Indiana. In stock car racing, it’s Daytona. The “it” in those places refers a place that everyone desires to be and when you make it there, you’ve accomplished something than many often do not.

Cody Coughlin is paving a new avenue for the family of racers. The 19-year-old has shed the drag racing lure and will now be the first Coughlin to compete at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing development driver will challenge his competitors in the ARCA Racing Series event at “World Center of Racing,” the Lucas Oil 200 on Saturday, February 14th.

“It’s special to me because this is the pinnacle of the career I have chosen and I am very excited to take my next step,” said Coughlin. “I expect and hope to be fast and competitive there and everywhere else we race at this year. Dave (Leiner, Crew Chief) and Kevin (Hamlin) agree that we should be able to reach great heights.”

The Daytona race will mark the start of his second season competing in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports. Last year, Coughlin made 11 starts with three top-five and eight top-ten finishes.

The driver from Delaware, Ohio was able to take his first laps around Daytona this past December during a two-day test session. He was on top or near the top of the speed charts in all individual sessions.

One of the goals during the December test was for Coughlin to get some seat time in the draft around Daytona. This race is not decided solely on horsepower, but also a chess match where strategy could come into play towards the finish.

“We are going down there open-minded and see how the flow of things are and come up with our strategy,” Coughlin explained. “We used a basic strategy during our test session and I was able to catch on to it real quick.”

A victory at Daytona would be a great start for the 2015 season and that is their focus heading down for the season opener.

“We are going down there to win and it’s hard to justify anything else; that is why we race,” Coughlin said. “We have to look at our situation for each weekend; how the car runs and assess how we performed for our situations. But, the most important thing is winning and we are going to try and get us some this year. I know we can.”

Coughlin comes in to the 2015 season with great support from his Team JEGS crew that includes Team Manager Kevin Hamlin, Spotter Scott Wimmer, Super Late Model Crew Chief Nick Easton and crew member Dave Holt. Dave Leiner will lead the Venturini Motorsports crew for his ARCA Racing Series events this year.

He also continues to receive great support from his family that includes his parents, John & Di and his sister, Kennedi.

Along with his passion for racing, he is more passionate about his faith in God.

“My parents raised me in a faithful environment and I definitely realize the blessings that God has given to all of us. He has led us down a great path and our faith continues to be rewarded with unique opportunities like we all will experience at Daytona.”

Coughlin will be on track at Daytona starting on Thursday, February 12th with practice from 4:00 -6:00pm. Final practice is scheduled for Friday, February 13th from 9:30 -10:30am. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:30pm.

On Saturday, February 14th, fans will have an opportunity to meet Cody during the ARCA Racing All Access/Open Garage for Fans from 12:30pm until 2:00pm.

The green flag for the Lucas Oil 200 is scheduled to wave at 4:15pm on Saturday afternoon.